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Aidan Hutchinson: Being passed over by Jaguars 'will stick with me forever'

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12/2/2022 4:08:02 PM
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The accolades keep coming for Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.

Hutchinson was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month on Thursday after he finished November with two interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery.

The No. 2 pick of April's draft, Hutchinson was named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Week after a three-tackle, two-takeaway performance last month in a win against the New York Giants. He leads the Lions with 5.5 sacks this season and is one of the favorites for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Lions (4-7) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) on Sunday in a matchup that features the top two picks from April's draft.

Travon Walker, who went No. 1 overall to the Jaguars, has 37 tackles, six quarterback hits, 2½ sacks and one interception while playing outside linebacker and defensive end. Hutchinson has 31 tackles and 10 quarterback hits for the Lions.

Hutchinson said he "thought I was going (No. 1 to Jacksonville) for about three months and then a week before the draft something changed," Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

"I guess my arms were just not quite long enough, but that hit a week before the draft," Hutchinson said. "I mean, we’ll see if that inch or couple inches was the difference."

Hutchinson said he's happy in Detroit, but being passed over by the Jaguars "will stick with me forever."

The Lions had Hutchinson as the No. 1 player on their board, but would have taken Walker had the Jaguars drafted Hutchinson.

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