Vikings “very confident” after vetting Mike Hughes

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The Vikings added another piece to their secondary on Thursday night when they drafted cornerback Mike Hughes with the 30th overall pick.

Hughes starred at UCF last year as the Knights went undefeated, picking off four passes and returning three kicks for touchdowns to put him firmly on the draft radar. Hughes going on the first night wasn’t a sure thing, however.

Hughes was arrested in 2015 on a misdemeanor assault charge that was dropped after he did community service and he left North Carolina after a sexual assault allegation. Hughes was never charged and he spoke to teams about his decision to switch schools over the course of the pre-draft process. That process included a visit with the Vikings as well as other vetting that General Manager Rick Spielman said left no doubt that Hughes was a fit in Minnesota.

“We spent a lot of time with a lot of people that had him in their football programs,” Spielman said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “We spent a lot of time with people outside of football programs. After our extensive research, no question, we felt very confident with him coming in and being a Minnesota Viking.”

Hughes joins fellow first-round picks Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Harrison Smith in a Vikings secondary that helped propel the team to the NFC title game last year. If Hughes is as good as the Vikings think he is, they may push for another deep playoff trip again this season.

51 responses to “Vikings “very confident” after vetting Mike Hughes

  1. Zimmer wants to play nickel sometimes with a 4-CB, 1-safety look rather than old school 3-2. This isn’t the 80’s/90’s football so you have to have 4 decent cover CB’s. They can let Newman go retire now. Now address OL and TE that can run. DeFilipo likes TE’s in his offense.

  2. Top 10 talent at #30. You gotta take a flyer on that. Our secondary got absolutely destroyed in the final 6 quarters of the season. Literally every player in the secondary looked slow and lost. Hughes can play, and hopefully Coach Zimmer can put the fear of God in him

  3. This was a no-brainer. Getting an OL would have been great but not having a quality 3rd CB would be catastrophic. Now we are set on defense with top tier talent across the board. Round 2 needs to garner them a starting OL to plug in. There is good depth and a 2nd round OG should be there for us to take (Williams, Smith, Brown, Crosby) all should be mid 2nd round targets.

  4. CB was likely to happen at some point in Rd 2 or 3. Vikes need depth there & some talent leverage on Waynes/Mac.

    Interior OL is deep. Find a starter today or tomorrow, like last year.

    Rick wasn’t going to reach. Hughes was value at that pick. Many had him at 15.

  5. I like the pick. They stayed true to their board and took bpa. They didn’t reach for an o-lineman. i like Hernandez or Daniels but they are either a pure guard or a pure center with no position flexibility. Spielman likes the O-line to be flexbile and not married to one position. That being said, they need some interior o-line help or a swing tackle like Connor Williams and i do expect them to draft a lineman in RDS 2 OR 3 but the Hughes pick was a great value pick, off field issues not withstanding. The rich get richer. SKOL

  6. Dean H says:
    April 27, 2018 at 8:41 am
    Vikings trying to win a super bowl. Making correct moves at every turn right now.

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    Then why did they overpay for a QB with a horrible record against winning teams?

  7. I would have liked an Offensive Lineman but from what I hear it’s a deep class at that spot. They went with best player available. Can’t go wrong.

  8. Don’t get lost in draft hype. Like every year, you won’t hear about 99% of these guys once training camp comes. None of the guys taken yesterday will likely change a team drastically, despite the draft hype.

    I like the pick if it means the Vikings aren’t confident they can afford waynes in the future. Most people had him rated as the second best corner talent wise but he fell because of off field issues. He likely won’t play much his first year, as zimmer limits rookie corners. And look who is going to coach him: zimmer, a guy who has been coaching corners for decades. The only thing I don’t like is when people say Hughes can help in the return game. Sherels is our punt returner, and kick return is being phased out of the game. That should not be a factor in selecting somebody.

    They better take 2 offensive lineman today. Guards are easy to find and replace.

  9. This kid’s game tape is awfully impressive. As for “character issues,” who knows? I found the explanations pretty believable, although I’m notoriously willing to give a guy a second chance. Let’s see how he plays before labeling him. He’s not a “bust” and he’s not the “steal” of the draft. He may very well become either one of those things but he’s more likely to land somewhere between them.

    Every qualified personnel man in the league says the draft is a crap-shoot. Fans making crazy declarations are just that… crazy.

  10. filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:00 am
    MN – the one place he might fit in

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    And Jaire Alexander, an often injured, undersized CB will fit right in at GB.

  11. aj66shanghai says:

    Yeah, maybe they can reach the CCG and get blown out by 6-10 fewer points
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    Sounds like that would be another fun season to watch.

  12. Wouldve preferred to take Hernandez with the pick. That guy looks nasty all the time….like someone just took the last taco from the buffet line. But what do I know, in Rick I trust!!

  13. Simply put, Hughes is a bigger, younger and healthier Honey Badger(Tyrann Mattheui). I’ll take him. Now OG, TE(pass catching that has good speed, Daniels out of Indiana), athletic LB,RB,over DT (to groom under Joseph).

  14. filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:00 am

    MN – the one place he might fit in.

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    You are correct. He will fit in nicely in MN….the one place that has the #1 Defense.

  15. I would like the more if I didn’t have to wait 18 hours for the next pick, we got a pretty good o-lineman in the third round last year so we’ll see. As we found out in Philadelphia, you can never have too many corners

  16. Zimmer was ecstatic that Hughes fell to the Vikes. Hughes is Zimmer’s new Deion Sanders, and Zimmer should know as he was Sanders DB coach in Dallas. He has all the skills and ability Sanders had, according to Zim. He also wants to go to a 4 back 1 Safety system, something he’s wanted to do for awhile–now he has the piece he wanted, plus an outstanding kick returner. Once Hughes gets out of Zimmer’s DB-U, he could be great.

  17. hopefully Coach Zimmer can put the fear of God in him
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    Like he does with the rest of the defense that quits on him when the going gets tough?

  18. I find it humorous that all the Vikes fans were talking trash about the Pack and other teams about some of their questionable characters. The Vikes draft this guys and all the Vikings fans are blind to the fact this guy is a questionable character.

  19. I’ll feel better about this pick if the OL is addressed this evening. Hughes looks like the real deal, as long as he can stay out of trouble off the field. My guess is that he’ll displace both Newman and Alexander as the top nickel back. It will also be interesting to see if the Vikings take the fifth year option on Waynes (which they need to decide within the next week). While I suspect they will, the pick of Hughes means that if they don’t pick up Waynes’ option, it’ll be because they see Hughes as a likely replacement after the 2018 season.

    In addition, his skills as a return specialist likely mean that Marcus Sherels’ time as a Viking may be coming to an end. Sherels has been excellent in that role over the years, but Hughes looks like an upgrade.

  20. diveleft says:
    April 27, 2018 at 10:20 am
    You are correct. He will fit in nicely in MN….the one place that has the #1 Defense.
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    Viking fans don’t follow the way the NFL ranks teams (YPG.) They like PPG. They think that’s all that matters.

    For the record, the Vikings were #11 out of 12 in the postseason (when it counts.) I guess that’s how you spell “vaunted.”

  21. stellarperformance says:

    April 27, 2018 at 11:33 am

    diveleft says:
    April 27, 2018 at 10:20 am
    You are correct. He will fit in nicely in MN….the one place that has the #1 Defense.
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    Viking fans don’t follow the way the NFL ranks teams (YPG.) They like PPG. They think that’s all that matters.

    For the record, the Vikings were #11 out of 12 in the postseason (when it counts.) I guess that’s how you spell “vaunted.”

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    More vaunted than the Packers Defense.

  22. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:54 am
    This kid’s game tape is awfully impressive. As for “character issues,” who knows? I found the explanations pretty believable, although I’m notoriously willing to give a guy a second chance. Let’s see how he plays before labeling him. He’s not a “bust” and he’s not the “steal” of the draft. He may very well become either one of those things but he’s more likely to land somewhere between them.

    Every qualified personnel man in the league says the draft is a crap-shoot. Fans making crazy declarations are just that… crazy.

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    I can’t believe I’m actually about to say this, but. . . I agree with you 100%.

  23. Last year was their chance & they blew it. 38-7. Pathetic. Zim’s inability to adjust has always been his weakness. He needs to let Edwards call the D & stick to being HC. The D benefited from dropped passes & penalties. The Eagles didn’t have those & smashed the D, just like the Panthers did. On offense Keenum couldn’t hit the wide open receivers deep. They got Cousins to fix that. Cook is back. They need a deep threat WR. Thielan is good but not an all out burner. People forget Diggs is always hurt. Ruldolph barely gets touched and goes down. Treadwell can block but can’t catch a cold. The Vikings need a safety to pair with Smith. Sure they’re much improved but not as much as the Rams,Eagles, Saints, the Packers have upgraded and Rodgers is back. Spielman got Cousins & Richardson and just stopped. This isn’t going to be a cakewalk. If they had this talent last year but next year isn’t a given. I despise Shurmur for having a foot out the door and tanking the NFCCG but that debacle was just another rung of the ladder of despair that’s Vikings lore.

  24. Wow, turn it down a notch packer fans, the season hasn’t started. This is the draft where everyone can be a winner. Take a break from bashing our picks to celebrate your own. We’re happy, why shouldn’t you be? And to the Vikings fans, this looks like a good pick, can’t wait to see what Tricky Ricky does next.

  25. I understood this to be a draft pretty deep at CB, and thus would have preferred an O-lineman be taken with the first pick rather than a CB that gets in fights at frat parties. I guess the draft is deep at interior O-linemen too, so if they fill that need on the second day the team should be in good shape.

    It was interesting to hear Spielman say that no team called when the Vikes were on the clock. I thought they were in a perfect position to move down and collect picks. Now Spielman is more likely to move up on day 2.

  26. usg1 says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:34 am
    A 5’10 CB with 4.53 speed and character concerns. LMAO

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    I am sure with your extensive knowledge between flipping burgers, you would have made a perfect pick.

  27. I think all 4 NFC TEAM got better yesterday, especially the Bears.

    It will be interesting to compare Alexander from the Pack and HUghes from the Vikings in a few years

  28. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:54 am

    This kid’s game tape is awfully impressive. As for “character issues,” who knows? I found the explanations pretty believable, although I’m notoriously willing to give a guy a second chance. Let’s see how he plays before labeling him. He’s not a “bust” and he’s not the “steal” of the draft. He may very well become either one of those things but he’s more likely to land somewhere between them.

    Every qualified personnel man in the league says the draft is a crap-shoot. Fans making crazy declarations are just that… crazy.

    From a Viking fan to a notorious Packer fan, thank you for a thoughtful, well thought out comment. Very refreshing.

  29. Electric on punt returns. An area that needed improvement. Corner depth is a no-brainer in the NFL, and the Vikes develop them very well. All is good!

  30. Its about character. The vikings did not care if he had any. He came to GB for a pre draft visit and due to questionable character he was no longer a possible pick.

  31. meccalambeaufield3 says:
    April 27, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    Its about character. The vikings did not care if he had any. He came to GB for a pre draft visit and due to questionable character he was no longer a possible pick.

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    Win/win situation. Win for Hughes and win for Vikngs.

  32. Of course the Vikings will pick up Waynes 5th year option. Yes it’s guaranteed for injury, but because he was selected outside the top 10 the price I believe is something like $8m for the year. Saying that, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Vikings trade a starter for a 2nd or early 3rd round pick tonight if there’s a player on the board they particularly like.

  33. I still hope Newman plays this year. This kid has talent, but Rick and Zimmer have already said that he needs work. That Zimmer trains players in techniques he wants. That’s something the Vikings organization does. Pick players that have talent and don’t make them full-time starters until they learn it.
    It’s crazy how much goes into vetting these kids. Rick said one player in the draft they interviewed had 5 speeding tickets. That means going to the local police stations and asking for players police records. Interviewing coaches, friends, family or any associate. I saw on one program they even have people spend time at night clubs and bars just to see if the player they are interested in doesn’t frequent them. You can’t run down every red flag though. Players get in trouble every year. But these guys are heavily vettet.

  34. footballisnotthatimportant says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:05 am
    Top 10 talent at #30.
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    Do you mean top 10 CB or top 10 overall. I mean, either way you’re wrong. I just want to know how wrong.

  35. A fight-picker and the college “fat guy” award winner. Two great picks Vikings! Nice job! Perfect.

  36. Minnesota does have some history with law-breaking CB’s, Fred Smoot was signed to a big FA contract but little did they know he would leave his mark in Minnesota more for what he did on Lake Minnetonka than downtown Minneapolis. And then there is the curious case of Chris Cook who actually couldn’t suit up for a home game because he was arrested on a Saturday and couldn’t post bail until the judge showed up for work on a Monday morning. A game the Vikings lost but at least Cook wasn’t pushing around the referees. The fish rots from the head down and that is the case with the ownership of the Vikings convicted of fraud. Mr. Hughes should fit right in.

  37. Why would fans of a team with all the winning parts and a “vaunted” offense be so interested in the Vikings? Why are they so deeply worried? Are they that insecure? It must be tough to be them.

  38. dcviking says:
    April 28, 2018 at 10:23 am
    Why would fans of a team with all the winning parts and a “vaunted” offense be so interested in the Vikings? Why are they so deeply worried? Are they that insecure? It must be tough to be them.
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    It’s heartwarming to see evidence that my words are getting through to some of you. Thank you.

  39. stellarperformance says:
    April 28, 2018 at 11:35 am

    dcviking says:
    April 28, 2018 at 10:23 am
    Why would fans of a team with all the winning parts and a “vaunted” offense be so interested in the Vikings? Why are they so deeply worried? Are they that insecure? It must be tough to be them.
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    It’s heartwarming to see evidence that my words are getting through to some of you. Thank you.
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    I mean you guys know everything about football and remind us all the time.
    You’re welcome

  40. Not thrilled with the T Brian O’Neill PIT pick in the 2nd. It is clear from that pick they like Remmers at OG. I guess they are comfortable with Rashod Hill starting at RT at least until O’Neill gains enough strength to be functional in the NFL. Why pick a guy you have to basically red shirt and chew up a roster spot but is unable to play without getting pancaked on every play? Maybe they put him in on some power running packages as a 3rd TE? The Oregon Tackle was available and so many others. it is different picking at the bottom of each round, but I’m not sure this pick helped them much. I hope I’m wrong.

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