In what was one of the more strange, intriguing and confusing first rounds in recent memory, the Vikings passed on some top offensive line prospects to draft cornerback Mike Hughe out of Central Florida.

Most expected Minnesota to go interior line with their 30th pick or trade back into the second. But in a surprising turn of events, their two top targets, Frank Ragnow and Billy Price, went off the board well before the 30th pick. The two guard-center hybrids went 20th and 21st, respectively. Isaiah Wynn went two picks later to New England and it seemed like the Vikings would miss out on one of the top linemen.

As it turned out, the Vikings would see Will Hernandez and Connor Williams on the board at the 30th pick. They however chose to bolster their secondary by grabbing Hughes, one of the draft’s most dynamic defensive playmakers.

Though a little undersized, Hughes has tremendous physicality as well as freakish athleticism. He should be able to immediately slot in at nickel, cover outside often and return kicks. Read his full profile here.


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