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Jerry Hughes (DE)
  • Height:
    6'2"
  • Weight:
    255 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/4 in.
  • College:
    TCU
  • Conference:
    Big 12
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Selected by: Indianapolis Colts
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 31 (31)
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Pick Analysis: The Colts' fortify their pass rush with the addition of Jerry Hughes. Although Indianapolis retains Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, it still needed another rusher to alleviate some of the pressure on the duo. In Hughes, the Colts get a hard-working edge rusher with outstanding quickness and burst. The Colts have the luxury of slowly integrating Hughes into the lineup, and can groom him into a starter after a year or two.

Overview

Hughes is a defensive end that has been the most disruptive defender for the Horned Frogs over the past two years. He is a tweener (size and athleticism) at the next level and may fit as an undersized end in a 4-3 scheme or an inexperienced outside backer in an odd front. Hughes is best attacking the line of scrimmage rushing the passer or penetrating to disrupt the run. He uses his hands well to control blockers on the edge. He also shows an expansive pass rush package. Hughes has dropped in zone coverage at times but is most comfortable with his hand on the ground. He is a solid tackler in the open field utilizing great balance and body positioning. Regardless of where Hughes aligns at the next level he should contribute as a rookie due to his instincts, toughness, athleticism and energy.


Strengths

Can’t help but notice Hughes’ productivity as one of college football’s top pass rushers over the last few seasons. He’s a tough, instinctive player who does a good job getting blockers off his body. Highly athletic talent who displays range to track down running plays on the back side. Durable. Has an expansive repertoire of pass rush moves.

Weaknesses

Main concern with Hughes is he’s a true tweener prospect, in terms of both size and speed, at this point. Only possesses adequate height. Lacks some bulk when trying to hold the edge against the run.

Grade

8.2

 

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