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Grade
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  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 8 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 128.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.91 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.23 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.25 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'10" Height
  • 182LBS. Weight

Overview

A two-time second-team All-Pac-10 selection, Hughes paired with Keenan Lewis to give the Beavers arguably the top cornerback duo in the conference. Hughes signed with Oregon State as a receiver but moved to cornerback and started 40 games for the Beavers over his career. Confrontational at the line of scrimmage, Hughes relies on his initial pop with the receiver to hold up. He lacks the foot speed and quickness to turn and run with receivers with rare speed. Scouts noted how he struggled at the East-West Shrine Game in off-man coverage, but for bump-and-run teams looking for help on the second day, Hughes' consistency makes sense.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Good initial pop at the line of scrimmage. ... Good body lean into the receiver as he runs the route with him. ... Competes for the pass well. ... Doesn't back down to the challenge of bigger receivers. ... Peeks at the quarterback and has a late burst to close downhill. ... Long arms and quick hands to break up the pass. ... Willing in run support. ... Can elude blockers in space, but also is willing to take them on to get to the ballcarrier. ... Effective open-field tackler who wraps up securely. ... Consistent. ... Four-year starter. Negatives: Lacks elite straight-line speed. ... Burst downhill not seen when beaten over the top. ... Lacks the late burst to recover if beaten off the snap. ... Came to Oregon State as a receiver, but moved to cornerback for a reason -- stone hands with only three interceptions out of 36 career pass breakups. ... Protected a bit by an aggressive OSU pass rush and an experienced secondary.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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