With the No. 2 overall selection on Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions officially took DE Aidan Hutchinson from the University of Michigan Wolverines.
It was Hutchinson who declared his belief not long after his being taken by the Lions that he was the perfect fit and now with several new teammates at Lions Rookie minicamp, he's thrilled to be back out on the gridiron.
“It's great. This is what I do,” he said. “At the end of the day, all that talk, I hate the talk. There's been a lot of months of talking, a lot of rah-rah, but now we're out here getting the work in, which is what I do.”
Of course, having grown up in the Mitten State, it would be impossible for Hutchinson not to be aware of the struggles that the Lions have had since their last NFL championship in 1957. But he's hoping to be part of the solution.
“I definitely feel inspired to get this team going again,” Hutchinson said. “But again, it's not just me. It's going to be a group effort. It's going to take all the guys on this team to get this team back to winning. If I can be a piece of that, I'd love to.
“I think we definitely have the right people in place to start winning some ball games. It's a great vibe here right now. I can't wait until all the vets get here and we all start getting after it as a team.”
– – Quotes via Detroit Lions Link – –