How do you feel about this selection?
When you consider the roster’s current state, it makes sense for general manager Brad Holmes to use the draft to add an influx of young talent to a defense that has been straight-up putrid for years.
The Detroit Lions had an immediate need for a pass-rusher after parting ways with Trey Flowers and knowing that Romeo Okwara is coming off of a severe Achilles injury. History shows that athletes usually lack some explosiveness coming back from an Achilles injury, which is some cause for concern.
The same goes for former no. 3 overall pick, Jeff Okudah. You’ve heard the whispers about possibly seeing Okudah moved to safety following the Achilles injury in Week One of last season; that has more to do with the injury rather than performance, and that is not saying much.
The Detroit Lions select Aidan Hutchinson with the no. 2 overall pick.
In addition to Romeo Okwara, the Detroit Lions saw plenty of production from Charles Harris, plus down the stretch, Julian Okwara and Austin Bryant last season.
Adding a three-down impactful end like Aidan Hutchinson to a crop of worthwhile edge-rushers on the defensive line allows defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn to keep a fresh body opposite Hutchinson, in turn, should allow the defense to finally pressure opposing quarterbacks on a more regular basis than we’ve seen over the past few years.
Hutchinson is coming off a career year with the Michigan Wolverines setting school records with 14 sacks and 74 pressures.
I feel like the Detroit Lions couldn’t go wrong with the no. overall pick whether it was Hutchinson or Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Hutchinson certainly fits the mold of a player Dan Campbell envisions, plus he has the makings of being a tremendous leader. He’s got a relentless motor that never stops and is just as effective when it comes to defending the run as rushing the passer.
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Thibodeaux may prove to be the better overall pass-rusher, but I feel that Hutchinson is a more rounded defender. The Detroit Lions got a piece to build their defense around and someone we should be excited about.