Aidan Hutchinson is a dominant pass rusher who uses a combination of speed and power to win at the point of attack. He plays with a high motor making his presence felt on nearly every snap opening up opportunities for others to make plays when opposing offenses make it a priority to block him. Hutchinson is an every-down player who can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up. He is not a player who will drop into pass coverage by necessity but shows enough athleticism to settle into a curl or flat area as a changeup.
Hutchinson is a strong-run defender who can set the edge. He possesses good run pursuit and tackling ability. He does an excellent job of tracking the football from inside out, using his power and low pad level to outmaneuver his blocker(s).
In 2021, Hutchinson is playing the edge, standing up in a 3-4 scheme under new Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald. Hutchinson has experience lining up inside (4i or 3T) under his former Defensive Coordinator, Don Brown, further adding to his versatility as an every-down and situational defender.
According to Michigan football strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert, Hutchinson posted a 4.64sec forty-yard dash, 36in vertical, 6.54sec 3 cone, and 4.07sec shuttle. All of these numbers are better than both of the Bosa's, and nearly all of T.J. Watts posted NFL Combine results, except for T.J. Watt’s 37in vertical.
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