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The Lions Released 2 Players On Wednesday

A closeup of a Detroit Lions helmet.

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: A Detroit Lions helmet at AT&T Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions made some roster room for new arrivals ahead of Thursday night's NFL Draft. On Wednesday, the team announced its decision to part ways with tight end Hunter Bryant and linebacker Curtis Bolton.

Bryant was brought to Detroit as an undrafted rookie free agent back in 2020. He played in five games wearing Honolulu Blue; catching five balls for 44 yards. Meanwhile, Bolton, another undrafted free agent the Lions signed in 2019, also appeared in five games for the team last season. He recorded three tackles over that span that he saw the field.

Now, the Lions turn towards the future. As they'll be selecting No. 2 overall come Thursday night. With increasing talk of the Jaguars taking Georgia's Travon Walker with the No. 1 pick, Detroit is licking its chops that the hometown kid Aidan Hutchinson falls to them.

Hutchinson starred at Michigan, and is widely regarded as the best overall football player in this year's draft. He's also straight out of central casting as far the type of player head coach Dan Campbell wants on his roster.

If the Wolverines' star edge rusher does end going No. 1, however, look for the Lions to possibly go cornerback with Sauce Gardner or another pass rusher in Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux.