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Michigan’s Daxton Hill Declares For NFL Draft

The number of Wolverines headed to the NFL continues to grow. Michigan safety Daxton Hill has entered the 2022 NFL draft, reports Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.

Hill, a true junior, had a productive three seasons in Ann Arbor. 2021 was his best season, as he recorded 69 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, two interceptions and eight pass breakups. He added a fumble recovery to bring his career takeaway total to seven. Hill was a huge piece to Michigan’s Big Ten championship, which earned the Wolves a place in the CFP semi-final.

Other Wolverines who have already declared include star pass rushers Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo – the former being a serious candidate to be selected first overall – as well as defensive linemen Chris Hinton and wide receiver Daylen Baldwin.

Hill likely won’t have to wait long to hear his name called in April. He was voted First Team All-Big Ten this season, and is best known for his versatility. Lining up deep, in the box and in the slot at various points throughout the year, the 6-0, 192 pounder is the ‘Swiss Army knife’ type of player the NFL is trending towards. Look for Hill to be one of the first safeties off the board.

Aidan Hutchinson Enters NFL Draft

It’s official. This week, Michigan defensive end and potential No. 1 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson announced that he’ll forgo his remaining eligibility to enter the 2022 NFL Draft. 

My Michigan legacy is complete, and it was truly the best time of my life,” Hutchinson said (Twitter link). “Onward and upward to the 2022 NFL draft. Thank you for everything, Wolverine nation and beyond.”

Hutchinson tallied 62 tackles, 14 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss, three pass deflections, and one fumble recovery in his final year on campus. His performance earned him consensus All-American honors and the Lombardi Award, positioning him as the best lineman in college football. He also placed as the runner-up in Heisman voting, a rare feat for defenders.

The 6’6″, 265-pound edge rusher is firmly in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick, along with the likes of Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and Alabama tackle Evan Neal. The selection, of course, will be owned by either the Jaguars or Lions, depending on how Week 18 shakes out.

In addition to Hutchinson, Michigan defensive tackle Christopher Hinton and wide receiver Daylen Baldwin also declared for the April draft.