NFL Draft Spotlight: Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU

by Cory J. Bonini on April 8, 2010 @ 17:00:00 PDT

 


Texas Christian University standout defensive end Jerry Hughes will be a hot commodity in the early portion of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has been very productive for the Horned Frogs the past two seasons, accounting for 26.0 sacks (15.0 in 2008). Undersized, Hughes may find himself being converted to a 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level.

Strengths

  • Productive
  • Tough, durable defender
  • Wide range of pass-rushing moves (spin, rip, club, swim)
  • Sheds blockers well
  • Quick off the snap - awesome first step
  • Relentless motor
  • Fast and explosive
  • Ferocious tackler
  • Strong work ethic
  • Of high character
  • Capable pass defender when dropping into zone coverage - three career INTs (one returned for a score)
Weaknesses
  • Undersized (decent height at 6-foot-2, but lacks bulk at 255 pounds)
  • Not a great tackler in space
  • Average against the run
  • Inexperienced as a 3-4 outside linebacker
  • Not fluid dropping back into coverage

Expected draft placement

A lot is working in Hughes' favor, and he should be a first-round pick in April. He's ideally a Tampa 2 defensive end (fits what the Indianapolis Colts do - similar to Robert Mathis, in fact), but a 3-4 team looking for the next tweener to convert may have Hughes on their radar. In worst-case scenario, he will be an early second-rounder.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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