Many experts and fans viewed the Minnesota Vikings to be in prime position to trade into the 2nd round to recoup their 4th round pick from the Sam Bradford trade. That proved to be false even though the likes of Will Hernandez and James Daniels were both on the board. Either of those two would have been nice additions to the weakest unit on the Viking’s roster. With the 30th overall pick, Rick Spielman selected Mike Hughes, a defensive back from the University of Central Florida. Self-proclaimed national champions.
This was a complete Mike Zimmer pick. Hughes fits the prototypical size that Zimmer is looking for and he checks off a number of boxes needed to contribute at the NFL level. He not only can cover on the outside but he also is fantastic in slot coverage as well. Hughes is a physical corner who takes pride in his coverage and his ability to lay punishing hits on opposing wide outs and running backs.
Hughes also contributes in the punting game so keep an eye out if Marcus Sherels makes this year’s roster. Sherels really only contributes in the kicking game so if someone on the roster can take those responsibilities, it will open up a roster spot needed for other positions.
Tomorrow night is a massive opportunity to address the rest of the needs on this team. Rick Spielman is not afraid to move up or down in the draft to get the guys he wants and that strategy has worked really well, especially last year. Tonight, one thing can be said, the Minnesota Vikings improved their already great football team.
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