The Detroit Lions didn’t have to look far to find their fix for a woeful defense, landing on Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson with the second-overall pick.
Detroit scored when the Jacksonville Jaguars landed on Travon Walker, and as a result, the team all but sprinted up their card to reveal the pick. It was a move that was rightly cheered in the aftermath of the selection going down.
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Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky loved the fit of Hutchinson with the Lions, and had an immediate player comparison for the gritty lineman. As Orlovsky tweeted, he immediately sees former Super Bowl champion defensive lineman Chris Long in Hutchinson.
Brad Holmes just got his Chris Long @Lions 🔥🔥👏👏
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) April 29, 2022
“Brad Holmes just got his Chris Long,” Orlovsky tweeted with some happy emojis.
If the Lions were to get Long out of Hutchinson, that would be an excellent outcome. The lineman won a pair of Super Bowls, put up 332 tackles and 70 sacks in the NFL. He is also descended from NFL royalty in Howie Long and was a Walter Payton Man of the Year winner. Hutchinson seems just as tough and ready to take on the league.
Should Hutchinson become a Super Bowl winner in Detroit, lots of fans would be over the moon. If he’s like Long, that would represent a solid career.
Analyst: Hutchinson Represents ‘Value’ Pick for Lions
The draft didn’t have to wait long to see a value pick. When Hutchinson didn’t go first-overall, it represented a situation where the Lions were able to hang back and find value with the second pick. ESPN analyst Field Yates quickly pointed out that the Lions nabbed an early value by nabbing Hutchinson.
It’s rare for a player to be a massive value at pick number 2 overall.
But Aidan Hutchinson is exactly that. Immediate contributor, massive upside, will be a perfect fit with what Detroit is building.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 29, 2022
“It’s rare for a player to be a massive value at pick number 2 overall. But Aidan Hutchinson is exactly that. Immediate contributor, massive upside, will be a perfect fit with what Detroit is building,” …read more