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Aidan Hutchinson will be no. 1 in the NFL Draft, according to Jim Harbaugh

Aidan Hutchinson will be no. 1 in the NFL Draft, according to Jim Harbaugh

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Jim Harbaugh penned for him after Michigan's historic victory over Ohio State on Saturday.

His name appears to be heading towards the Heisman Trophy race almost immediately.

Now the Wolverines head coach has a message to all NFL scouts and general managers: Start paying attention to Aidan Hutchinson.

I haven't seen that player if there's a better player out there that's draft-eligible that's better than Aidan Hutchinson, Harbaugh told reporters Monday. His squad will play Iowa for the Big Ten championship on Saturday (8 p.m., FOX), and Hutchinson has piqued the interest of many outside observers.

Hutchinson's three-sack, seven-tackle performance against the Buckeyes had a lot to do with it, but the defensive end from Plymouth, Mich., has put together an All-American season this year. Hutchinson's 13 sacks lead the Big Ten and set a Michigan single-season record. He's commanded oppositions more attention on a weekly basis.

Harbaugh described the incident in the opposite direction and "I can tell you what I've seen is every single down he plays, he doesn't take a play off."

Athletically, strength, speed, hes going to check every single box on and off the field.

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Hutchinson was a plus-2500 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy at BetMGM on Monday afternoon, with the fifth-best odds among all finalists. The award is usually handed to an offensive player (Michigan's Charles Woodson was the last defensive player to win it, in 1997). Yet Hutchinson's stand-in play has him being noticed.

He's also gained momentum on NFL draft boards, with a slew of analysts predicting Hutchinson to be an early first-round pick. ESPN's Mel Kiper got the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Hutchinson No. 5 on his prospect rankings list earlier this month.

I don't know who will have the first pick in the draft, but they should be examining very thorough Aidan Hutchinson, Harbaugh said. And they should take him.

The hometown Detroit Lions (0-10-1) have a two-game lead on claiming the No. 1 spot in the draft, according to Harbaugh, who highlighted the single-season sack record and pointed to a stat from scouting service Pro Football Focus that counted 15 pressures on Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud on Saturday, a record since PFF began tracking the stat in college in 2014.

There's been some awfully excellent players here at Michigan that haven't done what Aidan Hutchinson has done, Harbaugh stated. I think Those two players, Hassan Haskins and Aidan Hutchinson, should absolutely be in consideration for the Heisman Trophy.

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