Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh predicts that edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson will be the first-overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Michigan Wolverines football program was in the spotlight for the third consecutive week. On Saturday, Michigan waited to see if star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson would walk away with the Heisman Trophy. Hutchinson finished in second-place in the voting, with Alabama quarterback Bryce Young winning the award. Still, things are only looking up for Hutchinson.
During the ceremony, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh expressed his belief that Hutchinson will be the first-overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Take note of that, Detroit Lions fans.
Michigan football: Jim Harbaugh predicts Aidan Hutchinson will be first-overall pick in 2022 NFL Draft
As everyone knows, things change ahead of the NFL Draft. Entering the season, Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux was viewed as the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2022 class. But with Oregon out of the playoff picture, and Michigan in it, Hutchinson’s gained some serious steam.
Hutchinson has been a beast lined up on the edge, showing his ability to run through opposing offensive tackles to get to the quarterback. The senior logged 14 sacks on the year, which is the most ever recorded by a Michigan player in a single-season in the program’s lengthy history.
The defensive end’s play helped Michigan defeat Ohio State for the first time since 2011, win their first Big Ten Championship Game ever, and clinched a spot in the College Football Playoff Semifinals. Hutchinson has the opportunity to further increase his stock in the Orange Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Whoever holds the first-overall pick, whether it’s the Lions, Houston Texans or Jacksonville Jaguars, they could very well have to make a difficult choice between Hutchinson and Thibodeaux.