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Big and quick is a good combination to have as an NFL defensive lineman.
The small school defensive line prospect from Tennessee-Martin has both of those qualities, but a few considerable red flags will likely hurt his draft stock.
After a rocky career as a Tennessee Volunteer, which included being suspended from the team and eventually being dismissed, Montori Hughes enrolled at Tennessee-Martin.
Talented and raw, the former Skyhawk has yet to match his potential with actual production on the field. With minimal sack and tackle for loss production at the collegiate level, teams will have to project what Hughes will be able to do at the next level.
Fortunately for Hughes, there's plenty of talent there for the NFL to get excited about. At 6'4" and 327 pounds, the quick-twitched athletic defensive lineman has good strength to go with his large frame.
The former Volunteer is a classic case of high-risk versus high-reward. At some point during the draft, his potential will be too intriguing to pass on.
One-gapping 3-4 teams like Houston will value Hughes more than most. His ability to handle duties from the nose to defensive end should help him get on the field quickly as well.
It remains to be seen if Hughes' name is still on the Texans' draft board given his past hiccups. If he is, the temptation to roll the dice will start to creep in around the middle rounds of the draft.
Getting a possible starting nose tackle with plus movement skills and size in the fourth round would be great value for Houston.