Mike Hughes NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Minnesota Vikings' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2018

Central Florida's Mike Hughes (19) scores a touchdown on a kickoff return during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Austin Peay, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)
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POSITIVES

—Dominated at UCF in 2017 as a cornerback and return man with excellent speed and toughness.

—Very strong player on the field and in drills. Repped out 20 times in the bench press.

—Scary good return man who can impact the game as a punt and kickoff returner.

—Handles short-area quickness well and is strong enough to get physical at the line to redirect routes.

—Tough dude who won't back down from any challenge.

—Easy athleticism shows him moving well in space both as a corner and return man.

   

NEGATIVES

—Originally signed at North Carolina but was dismissed after a sexual assault allegation that did not yield criminal charges; landed at Garden City Community College before playing one season at UCF.

—Lacks experience and played just one season against American Athletic Conference talent.

—Height is less than ideal and could put him in the slot (5'10").

—Speed wasn't great at the combine (4.53-second 40) and didn't impress in drills with stiff hips.

   

OVERALL

If NFL teams are OK with Mike Hughes' background, he could be a first-rounder and one of the top three cornerbacks drafted. There's also the chance he sees a small slide on draft day because of those questions. On the field he's dynamic as a returner and cornerback with Day 1 potential.

   

GRADE: 6.99 (Round 2)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills

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