NFL Draft 2018: 4 cornerbacks the Minnesota Vikings could possibly select

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(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) Mike Hughes
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) Mike Hughes /

Mike Hughes, Central Florida


  • 5-foot-10
  • 189 pounds

2017 Stats:

  • 49 total tackles
  • 11 pass deflections, 4 interceptions

Draft Projection: Rounds 1-2

Due to his size, Hughes could be someone the Vikings draft to be their future nickel corner. But since he lined up on the outside for the majority of his college career, his transition to the slot could take a year or two to actually happen.

Hughes was outstanding for UCF in 2017. In 13 games, he didn’t allow his receiver to catch a touchdown or a pass longer than 21 yards according to Pro Football Focus.

His transition to the NFL could be easier than for other corners since he doesn’t rely on being physical   or using his hands too much in coverage. At times he can forget to tackle with his arms and that is something that cannot continue at the professional level.

In addition to his skills as a corner, Hughes also excelled at returning kicks and punts for UCF. In 2017, he returned two kickoffs and one punt for a touchdown.

Hughes did begin his college career at North Carolina, but some off-the-field issues led to him transferring in 2016. He was suspended indefinitely by North Carolina in 2015 following his involvement in a fight at a frat party which resulted in him being charged with assault.