Biography: Two-year starter who finished with 51 tackles/12.5 tackles for loss/5 sacks as a senior after junior totals of 47 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss.
Positives: Quick, first-step lineman who plays with good lean. Shoots the gaps of the offensive line, quickly changes direction and displays the ability to pursue the action down the line and outside the box. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, displays solid movement skills and flashes power.
Negatives: Often neutralize at the point or turned from the play by a single blocker. Gets tall as the play proceeds and makes himself an easy target.
Analysis: Hughes has shown flashes of ability the past two seasons and offers the size and movement skills to get consideration as a three-technique tackle in a conventional four-man line.
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