EDGE – #97 Michigan
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Divine Child (Plymouth, MI)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9498)
Phil Steele: PS#37
Aidan Hutchinson scouting report
For an edge rusher, Hutchinson has some speed. Has a good speed rush with his athletic ability. More quick than fast. Lateral quickness has improved tremendously in 2021. Excellent contain defender. Has the quickness to get to the boundary very quickly. Shoes very good body control. As a variety of moves to confuse blockers. Explosive isn’t a good enough word to describe him. Electric off of the snap. Incredibly explosive.
Moving through traffic and through the pocket looks effortless. Hutchinson has some real upper body strength. Looks pretty buff. Struggles to complete his wrap up, I think it’s a combination of strength and balance that’s the issue. Yes, he’s a pure brute. Unreal sometimes. Plays with ridiculous intensity. Excellent balance. Does struggle to keep his feet when making a rip inside. Hutchinson’s bend is absolutely ridiculous. Has a solid rip move too that’s difficult to prepare for. Hand usage looks a little raw, but the upside is there Heavy hands that stay active all through the rep. Crazy hand strength. Powerful upper body allows him to deliver some powerful punches.
Excellent tackler. Really assists in the run game as much as he impacts the pass game. Would like to see him impact the quarterback lower to avoid head contact. Needs to wrap up better. Left some tackles on the field because of his lack of ability there. Solid space defender. Plays excellent contain and reads the RPO/run-option well. Great pursuit angles. Excellent motor. Plays through the whistle. Plays with ridiculous intensity. Stays with his assignment through the play and doesn’t give up. You really don’t see Hutchinson take plays off.
Aidan Hutchinson best projects as a RUSH EDGE in a 3-4 front primarily used as a pass rusher. His strongest ability is going after the quarterback, but he also offers the capability to drop into pass coverage, mostly in the flat, and has the ability to play as a run defender as well. We don’t like his projection as much as a 4-3 defensive end, we think he needs to play upright.
We like Hutchinson as a first-round prospect with the potential to go in the top 10, arguably the top 5. However, typically when a edge rusher enters the draft primarily as a 3-4 front projected pass rusher, sometimes that prospect falls a little bit deeper into the class. Think of someone like TJ Watt, who had several of the same concerns as Hutchinson, fell to the 30th overall spot. We think he’s going high, but wouldn’t be surprised if he fell to the bottom half of the first round.