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Name: *Mike Hughes 
College: Central Florida     Number: 19
Height: 5-10   Weight: 189
Position: CB  Pos2: FS/KR  Class/Draft Year: Jr/2018
40 Low: 4.43
  40 Time: 4.53
   40 High: 4.60

Projected Round: 1-2      Stock: 
Rated number 5 out of 206 CB's     37 / 2197 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 5101
Weight: 189

PD3X AKA "Official"
40 Yard Dash (ET):
 4.53

40 Yard Dash (HH): 4.45
20 Yard (ET): 2.68
20 Yard (HH): 2.58
10 Yard (ET): 1.58
10 Yard (HH): 1.57
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 20
Vertical Jump: 35 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'07"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.13
3-Cone Drill: 6.70


Dates: 03/29/18
Hand: 08 3/4  Arm: 30 7/8
Wingspan: 73

Height: 5101
Weight: 189

40 Yard Dash (HH): 
20 Yard (HH): 
10 Yard (HH): 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

 4.48  No Shuttles-Choice/Combine Numbers for the Rest
 Data Scout Notes: 2018: 01-08-18 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft…2017: 1stC-DB/2ndC-KR
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  Mike Hughes
Central Florida Knights
Cornerback
5-10, 194, 4.42, #19
New Bern, N.C.
New Bern
2/11/1997


 Update

  12/28/17 - 2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RS Mike Hughes, UCF, Jr.,...The Knights hauled in an American Athletic Conference record 16 All-Conference honors, highlighted by Offensive Player of the Year McKenzie Milton and Coach of the Year Scott Frost. The Knights put 16 players on the First and Second Teams, the most by any team in the history of The American. UCF's nine First Team honorees was also a record for the league. Returned 16 kicks for an average of 34.1 yards and two touchdowns and 13 punts for an average of 232 yards and one touchdown. - Central Florida Football

12/28/17 - 2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): CB Mike Hughes, UCF, Jr.,...The Knights hauled in an American Athletic Conference record 16 All-Conference honors, highlighted by Offensive Player of the Year McKenzie Milton and Coach of the Year Scott Frost. The Knights put 16 players on the First and Second Teams, the most by any team in the history of The American. UCF's nine First Team honorees was also a record for the league. Three-time The American Player of the Week (10/16, 10/30, 11/27) honoree...Named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll on 10/2...Started 11 of 12 games as a cornerback...Returned 16 kicks for an average of 34.1 yards and two touchdowns and 13 punts for an average of 232 yards and one touchdown...Totaled 44 tackles, including 32 solo and 0.5 for loss...Paced team with 11 pass breakup and added four interceptions, including one for a touchdown. - Central Florida Football


 Overview

  A one-year starter at UCF, Hughes didn t join the roster until weeks before the 2017 season (August 18), but quickly earned a starting role, lining up predominantly outside at left cornerback. He also made an impact on special teams as the first player in school history to return a punt, kickoff and interception for a touchdown in the same season. Hughes finished 2017 with four touchdowns and six plays of 40+ yards.

A former all-state quarterback in high school, Hughes lasted only one season with North Carolina, but started with a clean slate at the JUCO level before transferring to Central Florida. Although he spent less than five months as part of the Knights program, Hughes made the most of it, putting together impressive tape as a cornerback and return man.

In press coverage, Hughes has the lower body quickness, cover instincts and physical nature to stay connected to receivers, not allowing much separation. However, in zone or off coverage, his inconsistent eye discipline leads to judgement lapses and spacing issues.

BACKGROUND
A four-star cornerback recruit out of high school, Hughes was a high school quarterback and led New Bern to two 4A State Championships, including a perfect 15-0 record as a senior, recording 273 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in the title game. He was recruited as a cornerback and rated as one of the top-10 recruits in the state of North Carolina. Hughes received offers from top programs like Ohio State, Clemson and Florida, but wished to stay closer to home and committed to North Carolina over North Carolina State.

Hughes played in 12 games as a true freshman back-up for the Tar Heels in 2015 and posted 11 tackles, but an off-field incident led to a two-game suspension and Hughes leaving the team after the season. He signed with Garden City Community College and earned All-America honors in 2016, collecting two interceptions at cornerback and 871 all-purpose yards as a running back and return man, scoring seven touchdowns (four on offense, three on punt returns). Hughes looked to transfer to a FBS-program and was expecting to sign with South Carolina, but by the time he received his associate s degree, he missed the deadline for enrollment. He then signed with UCF and joined the program in mid-August, just two weeks before the 2017 season opener. Hughes became a full-time starter in the second game of the season and led the Knights in passes defended (15) and interceptions (four) as a junior, scoring four touchdowns in three different ways. He earned First Team All-AAC and All-America (as a returner) honors.


 Analysis

  …STRENGTHS
Balanced feet to stay in-phase. Doesn t labor to flip his hips and stay attached to his man. Physical in press with the hands to initiate contact at the line and looks to keep receivers uncomfortable. Impressive closing burst to recover and crowd the catch point. Strong ball skills with the judgement to disrupt passing lanes. Throttles down as a run defender and lowers his pads to make secure open-field stops. Strong hands to finish tackle attempts. Offensive-minded athlete once he gets his hands on the ball, averaging 23.0 yards per interception return with one touchdown (4/92/1) as a junior. Impact return skills, averaging 16.6 yards per punt return (second-best in FBS) with one touchdown (14/233/1) and 31.8 yards per kick return (fourth-best in FBS) with two touchdowns (20/635/2). Has background baggage, but his coaches from high school to JUCO and at UCF all sign off on his character. Dane Brugler 1/14/2018

WEAKNESSES
Appears unsure of himself in off-coverage, giving up underneath plays. Choppy footwork creates a hitch in his transition. Surrenders inside position too easily. Hands-on in coverage. Lacks ideal height and build. Needs to clean up his launching style as a tackler. Tends to give up on plays away from him instead of rallying to the ball through the whistle. Only one season of FBS-level starting experience. Character needs investigated after his departure from North Carolina charged with misdemeanor assault following a 3 a.m. fight at a fraternity house (Oct. 2015), which left a victim unconscious with a broken nose; he was suspended two games and pled guilty, agreeing to do 100 hours of community service and restitutions. Dane Brugler 1/14/2018

COMPARES TO: Kareem Jackson, Houston Texans Cornerbacks under 5-foot-11 better compensate in other areas like speed and toughness. That has worked for Jackson, who is about to enter his ninth season with the Texans, and is the path for Hughes to carve out a NFL role.

IN OUR VIEW: Despite lacking ideal size for a press-man cornerback, Hughes competes with the mentality and mirror skills to be a lock-down cover man. He also offers immediate special teams value as a return man and will be considered by teams in the first round.


 2017 Season

  2017 First Team (CB) and Second Team (Return Specialist) All-Conference in The American...Three-time The American Player of the Week (10/16, 10/30, 11/27) honoree...Named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll on 10/2...Started 11 of 12 games as a cornerback...Returned 16 kicks for an average of 34.1 yards and two touchdowns and 13 punts for an average of 232 yards and one touchdown...Totaled 44 tackles, including 32 solo and 0.5 for loss...Paced team with 11 pass breakup and added four interceptions, including one for a touchdown....FIU 8/31: Forced a fumble, broke up three passes, notched two tackles and returned three punts for 50 yards and one kick for 17 yards...at Maryland 9/23: Brought back an interception 57 yards for a touchdown, contributed three tackles and 21 return yards on one kickoff opportunity...Memphis 9/30: Returned an interception 35 yards and added two breakups; registered 39 return yards on three chances

at Cincinnati 10/7: Recorded 78 kick return yards on three opportunities and added five tackles, including three solo...ECU 10/14: Returned three punts for a total of 118 yards and a 66-yard touchdown and added one pass breakup...at Navy 10/21: Brought back three kickoffs for 89 yards, one punt for 11 yards and contributed four unassisted tackles and one breakup...Austin Peay 10/28: Returned a kickoff 91 yards of a touchdown and tallied three tackles ...at SMU 11/4: Totaled three unassisted tackles and one pass breakup...UConn 11/11: Registered an interception, one kickoff return for 20 yards and two unassisted tackles...at Temple 11/18: Returned a pair of kickoffs for 65 yards and added six tackles, including five solo...South Florida 11/24: Totaled 124 kick return yards, including a 95-yard game-winning touchdown, 28 punt return yards, an interception and two pass breakups...Memphis 12/2: Posted six tackles, including three solo, and 22 kick return yards.


 2015 Season

  At NORTH CAROLINA...Saw action in 11 games as a true freshman...Recorded 10 tackles and broke up three passes...Returned one kickoff for 40 yards.

 Junior College

  GARDEN CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ...Earned National Junior College Athletic Association First Team All-America honors...Ranked fifth on the Broncbusters with 47 total tackles in 11 games...Recorded two interceptions...Broke up six passes...Returned kicks and punts, taking three back for touchdowns.

 High School

  Named First Team All-State by the Associated Press...Led New Bern to a 15-0 record and Class 4A State Championship...Was named MVP of the Class 4A State Championship game, rushing for 273 yards and accounting for seven TDs...Also played quarterback and punted in high school...Was named the No. 11 player in North Carolina, the No. 3 CB in N.C. and the No. 66 CB in the nation by Scout.com...Rated a four-star prospect, the No. 13 player in N.C. and the No. 18 athlete in the country by Rivals.com.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Players Who Need to Interview Well: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF...Prior to his outstanding 2017 season at UCF, Hughes started his career at North Carolina, but spent only one season in Chapel Hill. During his freshman season as a Tar Heel, he was charged with assault following a late-night fight at a fraternity house, which left a victim unconscious. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Prospects Who Need to Measure Up: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF...Hughes, one of the most explosive and toughest defensive backs in this class, is a confident press-man corner, but his lack of height and length could be sticking issues for some clubs. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/07/18 - Unbeaten UCF celebrated its self-proclaimed national championship with a parade at Disney World on the eve of the College Football Playoff final. The Knights (13-0) finished with the only perfect season in the Football Bowl Subdivision with a Peach Bowl victory over Auburn, which during the regular season beat both Alabama and Georgia, who'll meet in the CFP championship game Monday night in Atlanta. UCF feels its accomplishment in winning the American Athletic Conference championship was undervalued by the CFP selection committee, which listed the Knights 12th in the panel's final rankings. After beating Auburn on New Year's Day, UCF athletic director said the Knights were declaring themselves national champions and intend to hang a championship banner at the school's stadium. In addition, the coaching staff is going to be paid bonuses for winning the self-proclaimed title. The celebration, also featuring UCF cheerleaders and the school's marching band, began with Sunday's parade down Main Street, USA at Disney World. It resumes Monday night with a pep rally and free block party in downtown Orlando. - AP College Football
12/28/17 - 2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RS Mike Hughes, UCF, Jr.,...The Knights hauled in an American Athletic Conference record 16 All-Conference honors, highlighted by Offensive Player of the Year McKenzie Milton and Coach of the Year Scott Frost. The Knights put 16 players on the First and Second Teams, the most by any team in the history of The American. UCF's nine First Team honorees was also a record for the league. Returned 16 kicks for an average of 34.1 yards and two touchdowns and 13 punts for an average of 232 yards and one touchdown. - Central Florida Football
12/28/17 - 2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): CB Mike Hughes, UCF, Jr.,...The Knights hauled in an American Athletic Conference record 16 All-Conference honors, highlighted by Offensive Player of the Year McKenzie Milton and Coach of the Year Scott Frost. The Knights put 16 players on the First and Second Teams, the most by any team in the history of The American. UCF's nine First Team honorees was also a record for the league. Three-time The American Player of the Week (10/16, 10/30, 11/27) honoree...Named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll on 10/2...Started 11 of 12 games as a cornerback...Returned 16 kicks for an average of 34.1 yards and two touchdowns and 13 punts for an average of 232 yards and one touchdown...Totaled 44 tackles, including 32 solo and 0.5 for loss...Paced team with 11 pass breakup and added four interceptions, including one for a touchdown. - Central Florida Football

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