Why Aidan Hutchinson could be the 2022 NFL draft’s first pick

The man whose name may be called first at the NFL draft has a habit that perfectly fits his persona. Instead of answering a question with “yes,” Aidan Hutchinson often defaults to “100 percent.”

This is how the Michigan defensive end plays and how he lives. He is a geyser of maximum effort. He will run to the football. He will play to the whistle. He will battle blockers and hammer runners and chase quarterbacks until the last dog dies.

Inspired by Tom Brady, he will drink distilled water almost exclusively, a gallon a day. He is a clean-living fanatic who cut out sugar and gluten and alcohol. He is a workout warrior who elevates the exertion level of those who sweat with him. Everything is geared towards maximizing his physical potential.

“He’s projected first off the board, one of those caliber players, and he’s working as if he’s about to be drafted in the sixth round,” says Minnesota defensive end Boye Mafe, who worked out with Hutchinson leading into the NFL combine.


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