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2018 NFL Draft: R1, Vikings take a CB

By: Tanishka Mhaskar
April 27th, 2018

"With the 30th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida."
CB was a priority for the Vikings. They needed more competition at nickel corner after Mackensie Alexander, drafted in the 2nd round in 2016, has not fully lived up to expectations. The Vikings had a couple of choices at CB and They did not disappoint. When they were on the clock, the Vikings pulled the trigger quickly by grabbing CB Mike Hughes, who was the highest rated player on the draft board at the time. 

According to HC Mike Zimmer, "He [Hughes] has all of the traits we are looking for." Not only can Hughes play as a pro CB, but he is also a very impressive punt returner. This was one of the other reasons that the Vikings chose him. It's not just offensive or defensive grades but also comes down to what the player can contribute to special teams. 

During the 2017 season at UCF, Hughes had 4 interceptions and 1 forced fumble. Hughes' outstanding defensive play definitely contributed to the UCF Knights going undefeated. 

Hughes comes with many strengths. He can keep up with almost every single receiver in the league, he’s very physical, and doesn’t just stall routes. He can completely stop them. Also, Hughes can catch just like a wide receiver. We all know that’s he a great punt returner and can can elude the first tackle very well. 

With coaching like Mike Zimmer’s defensive staff it is easy to see Hughes as a potential starter as soon as this season.

Most people wanted the Vikings to draft an offensive lineman the first sound to protect the guy the team just gave 84 million dollars. In an interview from GM Rick Spielman earlier this week, he mentioned there being 6 different positions the Vikings could draft and Number 1.There is a reason that there are 6 more rounds in the draft. 
Welcome to Minnesota, Mike Hughes! We hope that you find a home here. SKOL

Some think that the drafting of Hughes slims the chances of resigning veteran CB Terence Newman. Mike Zimmer denied those claims and said, "There's a possibility, yeah." Zimmer mentioned that because of the amount of passing going on the league right now, it is possible that the Vikings have 4 corners on the field.