The fact that the Lions are not picking first in this draft says a lot about their character and the work that they are putting in for their first-year head coach Dan Campbell.
After starting winless for their first 11 games, the Lions are currently sitting at 2-12-1 heading into week 17. They’ve played more teams close than they have been blown out and have looked much more competitive than the team picking ahead of them.
After beating the Arizona Cardinals, they became the third team in NFL history to beat a 10+-win as a 10+-loss team. The team has not only beaten the Cardinals but effectively spoiled the Minnesota Vikings playoff chances and tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which also throws a wrench in their playoff odds.
With Jared Goff looking the part that he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams to look and gems such as Amon-Ra St. Brown performing, the team could wait on a quarterback or at least wait until 2023 to go after Alabama quarterback and 2021 Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young.
With that in mind that leaves one of Hutchinson or Thibodeaux. For the Lions, the pick is Hutchinson. Not only is he an in-state product at the University of Michigan, but he has had one of the best seasons for any college football player highlighting that fact by finishing second in Heisman Trophy voting in 2021.
The Lions have a ton of holes, but bringing in Hutchinson will give Campbell the high-energy high-motor players that he loves.