Name: Braiden McGregor
Weight: 260 lbs.
High school: Port Huron (MI) Northern
Position: Outside linebacker
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #17
Last year: I ranked McGregor #42 and said he would be a backup defensive end (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating: 87
McGregor suffered a terrible knee injury as a senior in high school during the 2019 season. With medical science the way it is, I thought he would be ready to play in 2020, but that turned out not to be the case.
Word out of practice is that McGregor is folliwing in Aidan Hutchinson’s footsteps as a strong player. The coaching staff is using the two in similar ways. Chris Hutchinson, Aidan’s dad, recently said that Aidan would be a standup outside linebacker on first and second downs before getting into a three-point stance to rush the passer on third down. Will McGregor be the #2 guy at outside linebacker? That remains to be seen. But I have heard good things about him, and I think McGregor is probably one of the top three most talented pass rushers on the team, along with Hutchinson and Jaylen Harrell. I hope the coaching staff is grooming him to replace Hutchinson in 2022.
Prediction: Backup outside linebacker
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