Michigan Wolverines standout DE Aidan Hutchinson is the projected No.1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Hutchinson announced in early January that he would be declaring for the draft. Hutchinson had an outstanding season, in fact, he was the runner-up to the Heisman Trophy winner in 2021. He became the third defensive player to ever finish second in the history of the award, according to ESPN. Not to mention, he was a unanimous All-American and Lombardi Award winner.
“My Michigan legacy is complete, and it was truly the best time of my life,” Hutchinson said in a statement, via Twitter. “Onward and upward to the 2022 NFL draft. Thank you for everything, Wolverine nation and beyond.”
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— Aidan Hutchinson (@aidanhutch97) January 5, 2022
Michigan Wolverines Defeating Ohio State
Throughout the statement, he mentions that Michigan snaps an eight-game losing streak to their arch-rivals, Ohio State this season. This was a big deal to Michigan because while HC Jim Harbaugh was coaching he had never defeated the biggest opposing team on their schedules. However, that was debunked by this year’s performance when they defeated the Buckeyes, 42-27.
“I spent years visualizing the actual moments that unfolded in my final season at Michigan,” he said. “November 27, 2021, was 10 years in the making and could not have been a more unforgettable night with my brothers. They proved to me time and time again this season that nothing is impossible and 2% is still 2%. I will relive all those glorious moments for the rest of my life and forever be grateful to my team for joining me in giving everything we had.”
Aidan Hutchinson’s Legacy as a Michigan Wolverine
In 2021, Hutchinson recorded 62 total tackles, including 16.5 tackles for a loss, and 14 sacks He set a Michigan Wolverines record for a single season. Hutchinson forced himself to become a menace for opposing offenses week in and week out.
As the highest-graded edge defender in college football, Hutchinson has multiple ways to win with his blend of quicks and power. He’s a complete edge defender who excels against both the run and the pass, according to Pro Football Focus.
According to NFL Draft Analyst, Mel Kiper, he has Hutchinson even going higher than standout Oregon Ducks Kayvon Thibodeaux.