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Brad Holmes, the Lions general manager, stated that he could not escape the chatter from fans pushing him to pick Hutchinson throughout the season. He also casually visited restaurants close to the practice facility.
Hutchinson, who was an All-American player at Michigan where he was named as a finalist in the 2021 Heisman Trophy competition, played at defensive end, tighten end and long-snapper at Divine Child High School near Dearborn, Michigan.
After a disappointing 3-13-1 record and ranking 31st among opponents' points per match (27.5), the Lions are in desperate need of a game-changer.
Hutchinson set a Michigan single-season record of 14 sacks in 2021. It was previously held by David Bowens (1996) and LaMarr Woodley (2006) (12). Hutchinson also exerted pressure on 16% dropbacks of opposing quarterbacks. This was the seventh-highest rate within the FBS in 2021.
Hutchinson is a Michigan native to the core. Chris Hutchinson, his father, was a former Wolverine team captain who played outside linebacker as well as defensive tackle from 1989 to 1993. His mother Melissa and his sisters Aria, Mia, and Aria both went to Michigan.