Senior Bowl executive director expects big bounce-back year from Michigan defensive lineman
There’s still an entire college football season separating us from next year’s NFL Draft preparations. But the draft is always at the top of the mind of Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy.
Nagy is already making some bold predictions for the upcoming college football season, primarily when it comes to breakout players. One guy he has an eye on is Michigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson.
Last year, Hutchinson started in just three games for Michigan, missing the team’s final three contests because of a season-ending injury. In that short time on the field, the defensive lineman collected 15 tackles and added a pair of quarterback hurries to his stat sheet.
Nagy expects Hutchinson to have a bounce-back year from injury in 2021.
“One player coming off injury we expect to have a huge year is (Michigan) DE Aidan Hutchinson,” Nagy wrote on Twitter. “Modest production totals belie his early round talent. Would’ve been (a) Day 2 pick had he come out last year. Twitched-up, physical, relentless & versatile.”
One player coming off injury we expect to have a huge year is @UMichFootball DE Aidan Hutchinson. Modest production totals belie his early round talent. Would’ve been Day 2 pick had he come out last year. Twitched-up, physical, relentless, & versatile. #TheDraftStartsInMobile pic.twitter.com/yQNghfhSEi
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) June 15, 2021
Hutchinson had a big year in 2019, establishing himself as one of the top defensive linemen in the B1G. That year he piled up 68 tackles, including 10 for loss and 4.5 sacks. He also broke up 6 passes and forced 2 fumbles.
This year might be a bit different for Hutchinson, who had played under defensive coordinator Don Brown for his entire career with the Wolverines. The change to Mike Macdonald might take some time to adjust to in 2021.
But Hutchinson is a veteran player, so any tweaks or changes may not take much time to adjust to. Regardless, he’ll be a guy several scouts keep an eye on throughout the 2021 season.