WATCH: Highlights of new Minnesota Vikings CB Mike Hughes

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

The newest member of the Minnesota Vikings made a ton of plays during his time on the football field at Central Florida in 2017.

For the third time in the last four years, the Minnesota Vikings have selected a cornerback within the first two rounds of the NFL draft. This time, the Vikings picked former Central Florida corner Mike Hughes with their 2018 first-round selection on Thursday.

Last year was Hughes’ one and only season at Central Florida after previously spending time at the University of North Carolina and a junior college in Kansas.

In 2017, Minnesota’s newest cornerback appeared in 13 games and racked up 49 total tackles, 11 pass deflections, and four interceptions.

Against Maryland last season is where Hughes ended up with one of his interceptions, which also happened to result in the corner scoring a touchdown.

During Central Florida’s big win over Auburn last year, the young corner played a tremendous part in their victory. He came up with a number of big tackles and one pretty impressive pass deflection.

In addition to his skills on the defensive side of the ball, Hughes was excellent on both kick and punt returns. The new Vikings cornerback had a total of three return touchdowns last year, including this one that he took 95-yards to the house.

So from the highlights above, it’s pretty clear that the Vikings are definitely getting a playmaker with their 2018 first-round pick.

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The team may not throw him out on defense right away next season, but he should definitely be able to make an immediate impact for Minnesota on special teams.