Mike Hughes Draft Profile

Mike Hughes draft profile

Strengths:

  • Very physical from press
  • Powerful for size
  • Tracks and catches the football like a receiver
  • Ball skills include plus timing, soft hands and an ability to adjust body to make the catch
  • Should be able to run with almost every receiver in the league
  • Premium talent as a return man
  • Downhill kick returner with speed to house it once he gets his crease

Analysis: Mike Hughes is an extremely physical cornerback who possesses a decent amount of power for his smaller frame. He put up 20 reps of the bench press at the combine, showing his strength. He started his career at North Carolina but was kicked off the team–after spending a year at Garden City Community College, UCF Head Coach Scott Frost convinced Hughes to join UCF for the 2017 season, and his play was a big reason for the team’s undefeated record. He started 12 of 13 contests, garnering first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors as a defensive back (44 tackles, four interceptions — one returned for a touchdown, team-high 11 pass breakups) and second-team accolades as a returner (20 attempts, 635 yards, two touchdowns on kick returns; 13 attempts, 233 yards, one touchdown on punt returns). As his numbers show, Hughes is a dangerous return man who can make an impact with an NFL team right away as a returner. Mike Hughes has a nose for the football and shows plus ball skills.

Weaknesses:

  • Short in stature
  • Lacks height and gets high-pointed by capable wideouts with size
  • Needs more practice and game experience for improved pattern recognition
  • Has played just two years of college football with just one season as a starter
  • Plays too tall in his backpedal and from off coverage which slows transitions on the throw
  • Has room for improvement as a tackler
  • Balance

Analysis: Despite his power, Mike Hughes is just 5’8 and will struggle against taller, physical receivers. Despite his size, he projects to be an outside cornerback in the NFL. It was a little surprising to see him declare for the draft this year, only having one year of actual game experience where he saw the field a lot. When Hughes is in off-coverage, you can see the struggle he has with his back pedal–his balance issues will be exploited by veteran receivers at the next level. Hughes is not afraid to come up and stick it to a ball carrier, however he struggles wrapping up, causing missed tackles.

What the scouts say: “I wish he would have stayed. I don’t see him as a ‘one’ and I think he could have been with another year. He’s just raw right now but he’s got the ability to become a really tough ball challenger.” — NFC regional scout

Size: 5’10 189lbs

Draft Grade: 3rd Round

NFL Comparison: Ronald Darby

Draft Projection: Round 2

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