Could the Philadelphia Eagles replace one Wolverine with another? Here are two options.
Hey, Brandon Graham’s a Michigan man. How poetic would it be for him to be replaced by someone who was also cut from that Wolverine cloth? Aidan Hutchinson became a name that began to roll off of tongues after a stellar second season in Ann Arbor last year.
While enjoying a decent freshman season, seven in-game appearances, 12 tackles, and a sack in 2018 led to 69 stops (35 were solo), six pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and 3.5 sacks in Year 2 as a sophomore. You have to believe that Hutchinson will follow that effort in 2019 with another superior showing.
Then, he’ll declare for the NFL Draft and be placed on everyone’s list of the nation’s best pass rushers. That’s the expectation. We’ll see how close that is by the time the curtain closes on the Wolverines’ season.
In 2019, Kwity Paye turned in his best work so far at the collegiate level, turning in 50 total tackles (12.5 for a loss) and 6.5 sacks in 12 games. That gives him 81 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, and a forced fumble in 24 career games that cover three seasons.
Here’s what’s interesting. By the time we’re talking about the 2021 draft, two members of the Michigan program could catch the eye of the Eagles scouting team. It isn’t impossible. They did just draft both of the Auburn Tigers’ starting tackles in 2020.