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Mike Hughes to Wear Vikings Number 21

The Vikings first round draft choice Mike Hughes will wear a jersey with the No. 21 on the back of it.

The No. 30th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft from of the University of Central Florida said he chose the number because of a few players who have worn the digits well before him.

"I like the number," Hughes said. "I look up to some guys who wear that number like Patrick Peterson and Deion Sanders. Hopefully I can rock it as well as them."

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer coached Sanders when he was the defensive coordiator for the Dallas Cowboys. The two went on to achieve great success and are still great friends to this day.

It's safe to say Zimmer has some big plans for the Vikings newest cornerback who will wear the same number as "Primetime".

"We're going to mature him into being a full-time player," Zimmer said. "I don't know how soon that will be, but he's got the traits we're looking for. We feel like he can play inside or outside as a corner."

Zimmer approves of the mentality Hughes showed on the field in college.

"If you're not aggressive, you can't play for me anyways," Zimmer said. "I don't know if it's gambling or aggressive, but that doesn't bother me at all. 

"I've had some pretty aggressive corners in my day," Zimmer added. "I'd rather tell them, 'Whoa,' in opposed to, 'Go.' "

Hughes says he's blessed that he has the opportunity to wear the Purple and Gold jersey on Sundays.

"I knew it would be a possibility," Hughes said of landing with the Vikings. "The relationship I built with the coaches I knew, they were pretty excited about me.

"So, once they got the chance to grab me, I wasn't surprised," Hughes added. "I'm definitely blessed to be in this position."

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