Probably like many teams, the Detroit Lions were understandably over the moon at Aidan Hutchinson’s NFL potential. After all, pass rushers like Hutchinson don’t grow on trees.
So when Hutchinson fell to Detroit at no. 2 Overall, GM Brad Holmes and co. didn’t waste any time nabbing the former Michigan edge rusher. They had their card with his name on it the moment they saw it was available. When you know who you want, there is no point in hesitating.
As it turns out, that lightning-quick response to select Hutchinson earned some of the most powerful people in the area: The NFL league office.
Uh-oh, what could they want?
More from NBC Sports’ Peter King:
“After the Jaguars picked Travon Walker number one, the Lions told the league the pick was in, and it was Hutchinson — within a minute of the Walker pick. ‘We turned the card in so fast the league got mad at us,’ said one Lion [sic] official. “
That doesn’t make sense. Why would the league be upset with the Lions taking an available player and not breaking any rules? Wanting to draft a player seems too fast to take on such a strange thing.
Per Benjamin Allbright – who covers the Broncos for KOA Colorado – it’s all about those sweet TV dollars. Because, of course, it is.
The league wants the top 10-12 picks to take as long as possible for ratings purposes. They want those quarter hour eyeballs. https://t.co/L9i91yQdtx
– Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) May 3, 2022
The NFL typically doles out for about 20 minutes picking every team near the top of the draft’s first round. They often fill that time with plenty of commercial breaks for viewers at home.
It would appear that the squads themselves – especially with almost every player in the entire class on the board – don’t actually need every allotted minute. Who knew? (Everyone knew.)
Plus, it’s not as if the NFL didn’t wait for the full approximate 20 minutes anyway after getting the Hutchinson pick across their lap. What are we mad about again, folks?
Kudos to the Lions for knowing who they like and jumping at the opportunity.
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