Mike Hughes – CB
Mike Hughes is the highest-drafted player on this list and the most disappointing. Hughes is not on this list based solely on his play, as the problem for the young corner is that he just hasn’t been able to stay healthy.
This guy has always been injured and he’s missed long stretches of time due to said injuries during his short tenure with the Vikings.
Hughes was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 30th overall choice. He was viewed as an aggressive cover corner who could excel in Mike Zimmer’s defensive system. Hughes was also expected to be a weapon in the return game, as he excelled in that area during his college career at UCF.
Three seasons after getting drafted by the Vikings though, Hughes’s career has been a major disappointment. In just 24 appearances, he’s accumulated a total of 80 tackles and two interceptions.
What makes Hughes’ career just as frustrating as it is disappointing is the fact that he’s flashed plenty of potential at times out on the field. He has made some great plays on the ball, he’s shown the ability to come up and support the run, and he has even taken one of his interceptions to the house for a touchdown.
The only thing anyone can say for sure about Hughes after his first three years is that he can’t be counted on to be on the field. This has hurt his growth and it has hurt Minnesota’s defense as a whole.
Hughes has suffered two injuries to his neck within the last year and it is unclear if he’ll even continue to keep playing in the NFL. If he does, he might have to fight for a spot on the Vikings roster in 2021 as Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler have now jumped him on the team’s depth chart.