EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings added secondary depth on Thursday in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, selecting cornerback Mike Hughes from the University of Central Florida.
Hughes is the first cornerback Minnesota that has taken in the first round since Trae Waynes in 2015. He was listed at 5-foot-10 and 189 pounds at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
Here are five things to know about the newest Minnesota Viking:
1. Hughes’ 2017 stats
He started 11 games for UCF and made 49 tackles (37 solo) with four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He added one-half tackle for loss with 11 passes broken up and one forced fumble.
2. Also a specialist
Hughes also contributed significantly on special teams as he returned 14 punts for 233 yards and a touchdown, and added 20 kickoff returns for 635 yards and two touchdowns. He was a Second-Team All-Conference selection as a return specialist.
3. A top-tier cornerback
NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranked Hughes as this year’s second-best cornerback before and after the combine. Fellow analyst Mike Mayock initially tabbed Hughes as the third-best cornerback but bumped him to fourth following the combine. Daniel Jeremiah identified Nelson as the 16thoverall-best player in his list of Top 50 prospects before the combine but afterward slid him down two spots to 18.
4. The 2nd Golden Knight in the 1st round
Hughes is the second player the Vikings have ever taken out of the University of Central Florida in the first round, joining former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper. He is the third former Golden Knight that the Vikings have selected in their draft history.
View images of 30th overall pick Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes.
Hughes helped the Golden Knights to a perfect season in 2017 as UCF went 13-0 and earned a 34-27 win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.
Click here to view Hughes’ Prospect Profile.