7 best moves of the Minnesota Vikings’ 2018 offseason

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Drafting Mike Hughes

It was a bit of a surprise when the Vikings decided to select a corner with their first-round pick in last month’s NFL Draft. Especially since most of the team’s cornerbacks from last season are scheduled to return in 2018.

With that being said though, Minnesota still added a really good player in Mike Hughes. Not only is he skilled in pass coverage, but Hughes is also an excellent return man on special teams.

At Central Florida last season, the young corner intercepted four passes, had eight pass deflections, and he did not allow his coverage to catch a touchdown or a pass longer than 21 yards. On special teams in 2017, Hughes returned two kicks and one punt for scores.

His addition to the roster also makes someone like Marcus Sherels expendable. If the Vikings get comfortable with Hughes as their returner this summer, they may decide to let Sherels go and give his 2018 roster spot to someone else.