Peter King includes Aidan Hutchinson on prestigious list

With the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected EDGE Aidan Hutchinson out of Michigan.

Though it will likely take some time for Hutchinson to get comfortable in the NFL, there is absolutely zero question about it that he will give 100% effort 100% of the time.

We do expect Hutchinson will be one of the most influential people in the Lions organization moving forward but will he actually be one of the most influential people in the entire NFL in 2022?

On Monday, Peter King released his latest Football Morning in America column and he took a look at the “22 Most Influential NFL People This Season.”

Though Hutchinson did not actually make the Top 22, King went out of his way to include the Lions’ top pick as his only “Bonus” person.

Bonus: Aidan Hutchinson, Detroit defensive end

One player on the list who’s not a quarterback, and I just had to get Hutchinson here. The reason is his importance—symbolically and in Xs-and-Os—to a hungry franchise. Hutchinson is a symbol of progress for a franchise that needs one in the worst way. He actually wants to play for the Lions. And the NFL, by putting the Lions on “Hard Knocks” this summer and awarding the city and the Lions the NFL Draft in 2023, is placing a bet that the Lions won’t be a laughingstock much longer.

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Hutchinson is at the center of it. The most accomplished player at the highest level of college football last year, he and his family were in Vegas the night before the draft, and I told this story in my column: Hutchinson’s sister, Aria, said as the pre-draft pressure was getting to everyone in the family: “Please, please, please let him get picked by Detroit!” Think of that. When’s the last time someone has wanted a loved one to go to the Detroit Lions? Night Train Lane? Joe Schmidt? In the end, the Lions’ record will be more on Jared Goff than Aidan Hutchinson, but this franchise, and this region, needs the player and person that Hutchinson is.

Folks, the national media is all over the Detroit Lions in 2022, which is almost a bit scary to think about.

Nation, do you agree with Peter King that Aidan Hutchinson will be one of the most influential people in the NFL in 2022?

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