So far, the Detroit Lions have been doing their rebuild the right way. They are practicing patience and building through both lines. After drafting Penei Sewell last season the team drafted Aidan Hutchinson this year at number two overall.
What can Lions fans expect from Hutchinson? Here are three bold predictions to keep an eye on for him during his rookie season.
3. Lions Will Not Finish Last In The NFC North
The Lions have been one of the worst teams in the NFL for too long. After finishing in last place the past couple of seasons, this year they take the step. The big thing is that Dan Campbell gets them to compete every week. They are also much more firm in the trenches. The combination should ensure that the bottom will not fall out.
On top of that, the Chicago Bears are poised to pick in the top five. The team got worse this offseason and traded names like Khalil Mack while only adding rookies. With limited weapons, for Justin Fields, this should be the Lions’ best chance to jump one team in the NFC North.
2. Aidan Hutchinson Will Not Produce More Than Kayvon Thibodeaux
The debate for the Lions most of the draft season was Kayvon Thibodeaux or Aidan Hutchinson. At times, they thought only one would be there, and at others, they knew they had to decide. Word was that Dan Campbell wanted Hutchinson, while Brad Holmes wanted Kayvon Thibodeaux. The coach won out, and now we will see if he is right.
Campbell wanted the higher floor player, but Kayvon Thibodeaux may bring more upside. Kayvon Thibodeaux may end up with more sacks during his rookie season as the defense is more in line for him to line up and get after the passer, while Hutchinson will defend the run and slide inside at times.
1. Aidan Hutchinson Will Hit The Ground Running
While Aidan Hutchinson may not win Rookie of the Year, and fans may look at the sacks of Kayvon Thibodeaux and think that the pick was wasted, Hutchinson is going to have a strong year himself, as well. Where you will see Hutchinson win is the rundowns and the downs when he can stand up and get a running start at the quarterback.
Expect Hutchinson to be able to get a full log of snaps from week one and start every game throughout the season. He was drafted because of how NFL-ready he was, and he should be their top defensive lineman from day one.