2022 NFL Draft scouting report: DE Aidan Hutchinson, Detroit Lions

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With the second pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.

The Michigan native became an obvious candidate to be drafted early on Day 1 after a highly decorated senior season in Ann Arbor. Hutchinson, who turns 22 in August, rattled off a school-record 14 sacks in as many games during his final year with the Wolverines.

Here's all you need to know about Hutchinson, whose father, Chris, also played at Michigan.

Measurables: 6'7"/260

School: Michigan

2021 stats: 62 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 3 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovered

Accolades: 2021 Consensus All-American; 2021 Heisman Trophy runner-up; 2021 Ted Hendricks Award winner; 2021 First-team All-Big Ten; 2021 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year; 2021 2021 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year; 2021 Big Ten Championship Game MVP; 2019 Third-team All-Big Ten

Strengths:
- Prototypical size and speed combo
- Solid technique
- Effective against both the run and pass
- Keeps his balance and doesn't easily get juked in space
- Sturdy tackler
- Gets off most blocks
- Can rush with both power moves and speed
- Uses high motor to chase down plays from the back side
- Lauded for work ethic and leadership

Weaknesses:
- May lack elite athleticism
- Modest three-year production before breaking out as a senior
- Arm length on the short side for a top DE prospect
- May be done maturing and filling out physically

NFL comp: Hutchinson is said to have a high floor but also potentially a limited ceiling. Given his somewhat rare physical traits and well-rounded game, he could fit the mold of Commanders defensive end Montez Sweat, who has averaged a sack every other game throughout the first three years of his career.

What experts are saying:

"Hutchinson is scheme versatile and should be a very good starter with a very high floor, but his ceiling might not be as elevated as some of the talent he's been compared to." -- Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

"High-floor immediate starter who might never be special but who can add energy, leadership and playmaking ability vs. the pass and run." -- Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports

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