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Grading the Detroit Lions’ selection of Aidan Hutchinson

The Heisman runner-up is staying home.

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The Detroit Lions have selected Michigan EDGE Aidan Hutchinson with the second overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Plymouth, Michigan native and Heisman trophy runner-up is staying home after the Jaguars selected Georgia’s Travon Walker first overall.

My grade: A+

Hutchinson wouldn’t have been my choice with Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux still on the board, but it’s still a great pick. Any time you can get the Heisman runner-up in the draft is a stellar opportunity, and Hutchinson is as talented as they come. He is a very gifted athlete with a proven track record of success at Michigan against some stout competition. He doesn’t do too shabby with his pro comparison, either.

While there were a handful of solid players the Lions could’ve picked at two and been a great fit, Hutchinson really stands out as a culture fit. He’s a high-energy team player who wears his heart on his sleeve, almost a younger version of Dan Campbell, and that’s a good thing. Having that kind of player as the cornerstone of your defense is a great way to go about your rebuild.

All in all, it was hard for the Lions to go wrong at two. Hutchinson is a great talent, a great culture fit, and a great value at two. My personal preference for Kayvon Thibodeaux at two is irrelevant when you have a guy like Hutchinson who really has it all, and it’s a great pick at the end of the day.