Sweet! There is a personal element to this that I can't deny. Aidan Hutchinson is my all-time favorite Michigan football player. The other night, he threw out the first pitch at Comerica Park, and I jumped for joy like a dumb child. That man brought me so much joy last year. He was the best player on the best Michigan football team that they've had since they won a share of the National Championship back in 1997. While I'm a huge Hutch fanboy, I wouldn't be a fan of the Lions making this pick if I didn't feel like Hutchinson was going to bring the Lions a lot of success, and while I don't have a crystal ball, I would be very surprised if Aidan Hutchinson doesn't have a positive impact on the Detroit Lions and fans throughout the state of Michigan.
Aidan Hutchinson is the prototypical player that Dan Campbell is looking for. The guy has an insane motor and never takes a playoff. I don't know him personally, but he seems to be entirely unproblematic. He's not going to call out the fans or tweet about how he's been mistreated. He's going to play football, and I'd be surprised if he doesn't do it at a high level.
I can't believe I'm saying this, and I feel like I'm only setting myself up for disappointment, but I like the direction the Lions are going in. I have serious questions about Dan Campbell as a head coach, but as an organization, I think Brad Holmes, for the first time since...ever, is a Lions GM who knows what he's doing. When I look so far at the moves he's made, I can't think of any that bothered me. In fact, between the Stafford trade, last year's draft, and now taking Hutchinson in the first round, I think his resume up to this point is pretty darn solid. I genuinely hope the Ford family doesn't corrupt him because I'm seeing an ever so dim light at the end of the tunnel for the first time in a long time. That hope can dissipate very quickly, but I like what I'm seeing right now.