Dan Campbell: Aidan Hutchinson is quietly getting better right in front of us

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The Lions drafted defensive end Aidan Hutchinson at No. 2 overall with the idea that he can make an immediate impact.

There’s still plenty of time before Detroit plays its first game against Philadelphia. And Hutchinson hasn’t even practiced in pads yet, so there’s only so much for a team to evaluate.

But head coach Dan Campbell has still liked Hutchinson’s steady improvement throughout the offseason program.

“I told my wife this last night, I was like, ‘You know what’s great about him is he’s quietly getting better right in front of us,’” Campbell said Thursday, via Tony Garcia of the Detroit Free Press. “He doesn’t say anything, he listens, he’s like a sponge in there, he absorbs the information, watches how things are done and the way coaches want them done and then he’s got a motor and he goes.

“He just learns, and gets better every day, and you see it.”

There are high expectations for Hutchinson as a rookie. He recorded 14.0 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles for Michigan as a senior in 2021.

5 responses to “Dan Campbell: Aidan Hutchinson is quietly getting better right in front of us

  1. Wait until the pads go on. He’s very small up top. Trent Brown will eat him for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I feel bad for Lions fans.

  2. Great pickup,i hope the Lions can turn it around this year. The fans have dealt with this for years.

  3. Hutch will put some weight on – you know that our coaching staff will make sure he’s developing his “NFL body” now that he’s a Detroit Lion. As Coach intimated, 97 is a very smart player with an abundance of God given physical abilities…my bet is that he’s going to be elected multiple times to the pro bowl👍 We’re so lucky to have Hutch on our team!🙏✌️
    GO LIONS!!!☝️🖖🤙

  4. touchback6 says:
    June 10, 2022 at 10:29 am
    Wait until the pads go on. He’s very small up top. Trent Brown will eat him for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I feel bad for Lions fans.

    he’s 6’7, 265, and literally looks like a statue of a spartan warrior shirtless. and this is before working with NFL strength programs.

    I don’t think he’s the second coming or anything, and I have realistic expectations for him, but the truth is that there are not many negative things you can say about AH coming out of the draft. most of the negative stuff I read is grasping at straws

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