2022 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan Edge Rusher Aidan Hutchinson

Click here to learn more about our updated player grade scale and critical position factors Name: Aidan Hutchinson School: Michigan Position: Edge Rusher Height: 6051 Weight: 265 Year: SR/2022 Jersey Number: 97 Games Reviewed: 2021 Washington, 2021 Michigan State, 2021 Nebraska, 2021 Penn State, 2019 Iowa, 2019 Penn State, 2019 Ohio State Position Specific Critical Factors Pass Rush: (8) Near Elite The prospect displays an ability to generate pressure and production on the QB as a rusher. The player must combine the following skills: burst to close, strength/power, elusiveness, and flexibility. The prospect should also have a toolbelt of optional moves to help the player beat his opponent, swim, rip, swipe, etc. 1st Step/Explosiveness: (7) Very Good The prospect displays explosive quickness/power. The player(s) exhibits good Initial quickness and an ability to close cushion quickly. The prospect demonstrates an ability to penetrate quickly with reaction to 1st movement and anticipatory quickness. Edge Setter/POA: (7) Very Good The prospect exhibits an ability to negate his opponent's strength with force/stoutness, can stack & neutralize blockers, shows the ability to maintain leverage vs. outside plays with his play strength, hand use, aggression, toughness, and instincts. The prospect can anchor the edge and maintain leverage against the run. Key Strengths High Motor Power/Strength Awareness Key Weaknesses Improve Counter Moves Over Pursuit Angles Pass Game Summary 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. Run Game Summary 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. Final Analysis Aidan Hutchinson's dominance in 2021 has elevated his draft stock. His ability as a High Impact Player has also elevated Michigan's defense from one of the worst in CFB in 2020 under former defensive coordinator Don Brown to a top 10 level in 2021 under new Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald. In the new Mike Macdonald Baltimore Ravens 3-4 base scheme, Michigan plays a lot of one high man and cover three that rely on consistent pressure, especially from the edge of the defense. Aidan Hutchinson has been the critical ingredient to Michigan's successful pass rush in 2021 under Mike Macdonald. His high motor as a pass rusher and his ability to take on double teams with consistent ease has opened up opportunities for other players on the defense to flourish. Hutchinson shows high-level NFL traits comparable to the Bosa brothers or T.J. Watt. An area where Hutchinson can differentiate himself is with overall athleticism. 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, with the exception of T.J. Watt’s 37in vertical. Final Grade Analysis Final Grade: (7.0) (Instant Impact Potential) (9.0-7.0) High-End Starter Ceiling Grade: (8.0) (Instant Impact Potential) (9.0-7.0) High-End Starter Floor Grade: (7.0) (Instant Impact Potential) (9.0-7.0) High-End Starter

2022 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan Edge Rusher Aidan Hutchinson