Aidan Hutchinson: Scouting Report. Everything You Need To Know.

Aidan Hutchinson: Scouting Report. Everything You Need To Know.
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  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 265lbs
  • College: Michigan
  • Year: Senior
  • Position: Edge

BACKGROUND

A Michigan native, Aidan Hutchinson was a high school standout – playing defensive end, tight end, offensive line and those most fabled of positions, the long-snapper. His father played for the Wolverines, and there was only one place that Hutchinson wanted to play – despite offers from LSU, Wisconsin and Boston College for the 4 star recruit.

As he was physically well developed, Hutchinson saw the field early but it wasn’t until his sophomore season that he began to shine. Registering 69 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 6 deflections and 3 forced fumbles, he was on the radar and people started to take notice.

Hutchinson was supposed to form a deadly duo in 2020 with now Indianapolis Colt Kwity Paye, however 3 games in Hutchinson was done for the year with an ankle injury. This injury led to Hutchinson deciding to come back to Ann Arbor for the 2021 season.

Although his 1-2 punch with Kwity Paye did not pan out as expected, 2021 has seen Hutchinson form a deadly pass rush due with young upstart David Ojabo (more on him to come later). Through 8 games Hutchinson has registered 30 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, has 6 sacks, 2 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble.

Every week Hutchinson has shown that he is able to dominate offensive linemen with his strength and football intelligence. As the 2021 season progresses he seems to be getting better and better.

Watch some highlights of Aidan Hutchinson in the video below.

STRENGTHS

  • Run defence
  • Defensive line versatility
  • Power & Flexibility
  • Intelligence

Run defence is often overlooked at the defensive edge position, with explosive sack machines often taking all the glory. However, Hutchinson is an excellent proponent of run defending. He is quick to understand running concepts, shed blocks and snares running backs in his vice like grip. His footwork also allows him to shine when defending the run.

Hutchinson is not always used by the Wolverines as a traditional edge rusher. He has played in various alignments including 3 and 5 technique, as well as far outside the opposing tackles shoulder. This ability to be used in multiple fronts will stand him in good stead at the next level.

As well as being able to convert speed to power with ease, Hutchinson is, for his size, incredibly flexible. He can ‘bend’ round tackles in pursuit of the opposing QB. His hip flexibility also gives him a great advantage against O-line blockers, making him a difficult man to shift from his anchor point.

WEAKNESSES

  • Explosiveness

It’s hard to pick holes in Hutchinson’s game as he is extremely solid in all facets of defensive line play.

Athletically he is more than capable, but does lack some of the explosiveness that we have seen from recent high draft picks at the position such as Myles Garrett and Chase Young. I don’t think this will hinder him at the next level, but it is something that is noticeable on game film.

SUMMARY

Coming into the season there was talk of Hutchinson forcing himself into round 1 on the 2022 draft. I think all this talk has now abated and it is a guarantee that he will go in the top half of the first round, the only question is how high will he go?

The Draft Talk guys gave me some ‘spice’ when I tweeted that I think he will go top 5 in October. As the season goes on, I stand by that declaration – I think he could go as high as top 5. However, no matter where he goes, he is going to make an NFL team and defensive co-ordinator very happy!

How good of a prospect is Aidan Hutchinson? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @stuie17

Feature Image Credit: The Michigan Daily

Video Credit: Thanks to MichiganMixtapes on YouTube

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