Grading the performance of the Minnesota Vikings’ 2018 draft class

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Mike Hughes
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Mike Hughes /
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(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Mike Hughes
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Mike Hughes /

Looking back, how did each member of the 2018 draft class for the Minnesota Vikings perform during their rookie season in the NFL?

Using the tried, tested, and proven Draft Grade A Day formula from, we will put the Minnesota Vikings 2018 draft class to the test and see how they fared in year one based solely on their production.

Each pick is graded on a curve that varies depending on the round they were selected and the expectations for that round. So picks in round one are worth more points than someone who was taken in round six. Please take a gander at the scale below for clarification.

(NOTE – These grades are on a PRODUCTION ONLY basis. Potential, injuries, and anything else are not factored in each individual score.)

Grading Scale:

  • Round 1 = 0-5 points
  • Round 2 = 0-4 points
  • Round 3 = 0-3 points
  • Round 4 = 0-2 points
  • Round 5 = 0-1 points
  • Round 6 or Undrafted = 0 points

I reserve the right to give out bonus points for any player that exceeded expectations and fractional points are also used. A player cannot receive a score lower than zero.

With that being said, let’s take a look at how each member of the Vikings’ 2018 draft class performed during the past season.

Round 1

Mike Hughes – CB (Central Florida)

Hughes had a pretty good rookie season for the Vikings.  He was thrust into action early and ended up with 22 tackles one forced fumble, and one interception that he housed for six points in Week 1.

Hughes did all this in just six games, before he tore his ACL and was forced to miss the remainder of the season. He also had 107 kick return yards, and 13 punt return yards.  The injury hurt, but it was still a promising start for the Minnesota first rounder.

Grade: 3.5/5