UCF Football has produced yet another NFL player, as cornerback Mike Hughes was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 30th pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Hughes posted four interceptions and 49 total tackles in his senior year at UCF, being helped by excellent draft combine results earlier in the year. With what turned out to be a crazier than expected first round of the draft, as quarterback Baker Mayfield was selected with the first overall pick, thus throwing off many picks, Hughes went right around where he was projected to go.
Included in his 2017 explosive season is his long kickoff touchdown return against War-On-I4 rival USF. He recorded 37 solo tackles and 11 pass breakups, helping to improve a secondary that needed to improve after the 2016 season.
UCF still has wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, tight end Jordan Akins and linebacker Shaquem Griffin available in the draft, with Griffin expected to go sometime during the third or fourth round.