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Jim Harbaugh Has 1 Preferred Team For Aidan Hutchinson

Aidan Hutchinson at 2021 Big Ten Championship - Iowa v Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 04: Aidan Hutchinson #97 of the Michigan Wolverines kneels before the Big Ten Championship game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 04, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

With no clarity atop this year's NFL Draft board, Aidan Hutchinson can't get a great read on where he'll begin his NFL career.

The No. 1 pick candidate may have to wait until April 28, as it's a mystery how the Jacksonville Jaguars will commence the evening.

One thing if for certain: Jim Harbaugh wants Hutchinson to stay in Michigan.

As relayed by Alejandro Zúñiga of 247Sports, the Wolverines head coach told Pro Football Focus that he hopes the Detroit Lions draft the former Michigan edge-rusher.

“I’m personally rooting for Detroit," Harbaugh said. "I hope he keeps playing right here in the great state of Michigan.”

The Lions pick second, so Harbaugh could get his wish. While many mock drafts predict the Jaguars will pounce with the first selection, there's growingchatter of them eyeing Georgia's Travon Walker.

Harbaugh said any team would be "darn lucky" to get Hutchinson, whom he described as "the type of player that you build an entire defense around."

“On and off the field, I really cross off all the boxes,” Harbaugh said. “You look at on the field, the physical ability is there. The rushing the passer is there. Stopping the run is there. But the most important thing for me is you look off the field. You look at what I did — what me and all the leaders did with this Michigan team this past year was something that not many people could do.”

The Lions could select a quarterback, but head coach Dan Campbell said he believes it's possible to building a winning team without an elite passer. Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux is also an option.

Hutchinson said last month that "it would definitely be cool" to play close to home for the Lions. It seems like a solid possibility if the Jaguars look elsewhere with their No. 1 pick.