EAGAN, Minn. — Mike Hughes has signed several autographs since his selection by the Vikings in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
His signature on Thursday officially launched his pro career.
Hughes signed his rookie contract to round out this year's Vikings draft class of eight players.
The 5-foot-10, 189-pound Hughes became the highest-drafted defensive player in UCF history when he was selected 30th overall. He joined Daunte Culpepper (11th overall in 1999) as the only two Knights players tabbed by Minnesota in first rounds.
Hughes made a mark in his one season with the Knights, returning two kickoffs, a punt and an interception for touchdowns. He averaged 31.8 yards on kickoffs (fourth in FBS in 2017) and tied for the team lead with four total interceptions to help UCF go 13-0.
A native of New Bern, North Carolina, Hughes began his collegiate career at North Carolina before spending a year at Garden City Community College.
Hughes is one of five first-round selections in the Vikings secondary, along with Terence Newman, Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith and Trae Waynes.
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View the best images of Vikings first round draft pick Mike Hughes after he signed his rookie contract with the team on Thursday.