2021 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions quick hitting 7-round mock

Aidan Hutchinson #97 of the Michigan Wolverines (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Aidan Hutchinson #97 of the Michigan Wolverines (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan Wolverines
Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan Wolverines (Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) /

Round Two: Lions select Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

Another big position of need and one that should be addressed on either day one or two is along the edge of the defensive line where currently the best player on the roster is defensive end Romeo Okwara. While Okwara has been good this year, he doesn’t have a consistent track record and the Lions need to add someone who has shown the ability to regularly pressure the opposing quarterback.

That’s where Michigan edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson comes in. Hutchinson would slot in best as a defensive end in the Lions’ scheme, although he does offer positional flexibility, and would be able to give the Lions the pass-rush they so badly need from the end of their defensive line.

The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs compliments Hutchinson’s ability to get off the ball quickly with great body control and power. Hutchinson is fluid off the edge and does his best work as a power rusher, using his strength to engage his blocker then rip by the offensive tackle. The Wolverine defender keeps his head in the game, always hunting down the ball carrier, and won’t quit on a play just because it’s heading in the opposite direction of him.

Hutchinson had an impressive 2019 performance and was looking good again this year in 2020 until he was injured. Assuming Hutchinson recovers in time to test well at his Pro Day and the NFL Combine, teams will likely be willing to bet on his promising upside in the second round of the draft.

If Detroit could add Hutchinson to their defensive line, they would get an immediate contributor (and better-looking depth) and potential long-term stalwart to pair with end, Trey Flowers.