First Team All-American 2008, First Team All-American 2009, Ted Hendricks Award Winner, 2009 Lott Trophy Winner, 2009 Lombardi Award Finalist, 2009 Nagurski Award Finalist! #98 has gotten his share of love from the Awards Community!
Jerry Hughes has garnered a lot of attention in the past couple weeks by various scouts, teams, and Bleacher Report Fans! Being Co-President of the Jerry Hughes Fan Club, I felt it was my duty to attempt my first article, and share my excitement at the thought of Jerry Hughes being a Packer, come April, in the 75th Annual NFL DRAFT!
6' 1 3/4", 255 lbs, 4.69 ~ 40 Yard Dash, 4.14 in the 20 yd short shuttle, 6.99 in the 3 cone drill, 9' 10" Broad Jump, and 26 Reps in the Bench Press. Jerry's combine numbers, while adequate aren't near as impressive as his numbers on the field!
In 2008, as a junior, Jerry Hughes recorded 15 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, 6 forced fumbles, 2 int's, and one of those was returned for a TD! Jerry Hughes led the nation in sacks in 2008.
In 2009, Jerry had a career-high 54 tackles, 11.5 sacks and for the 2nd straight year was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Year!
Career Totals: 28.5 sacks, 139 tackles, 39 tackles for loss, 7 forced fumbles and 2 int's. (I only used one source for these numbers, so if there is a discrepancy, I apologize in advance! :)
The Packers have a few areas that need to be improved on this year, and I'm expecting them to address most of them in the draft! Offensive Line and the Secondary are probably the most glaring needs we have, yet, our inability to effectively pressure the more experienced QB's we faced, exposed our injury riddled secondary!
The addition of an imposing presence like Jerry Hughes, would not only give us a more effective pass rush, but, also, much needed depth at a very critical position!
I've said many times, that I don't presume to know which way Ted Thompson will go this April, all I do know, is he could do a lot worse than drafting Jerry Hughes!