With the 30th pick in the NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected cornerback Mike Hughes on Thursday night.
Hughes was a star defensive back for the undefeated Central Florida Golden Knights, and on Wednesday he told ESPN that they would've beaten Alabama in the national championship game had they been given a chance.
According to NFL.com, Hughes spent his freshman season at North Carolina before a sexual assault allegation that didn't result in any criminal charges led to him transferring to a junior college in 2016.
Hughes then played for Central Florida last season and finished with 44 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and 4 interceptions. He also had three return touchdowns on special teams.
The Vikings' biggest need was arguably offensive guard, but linemen were dropping like flies ahead of their pick.
- Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame - 6th to Colts
- Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame - 9th to 49ers
- Kolton Miller, T, UCLA - 15th to Raiders
- Frank Ragnow, C/G, Arkansas - 20th to Lions
- Billy Price, C, Ohio State - 21st to Bengals
- Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia - 23rd to Patriots
Iowa's James Daniels and Texas El-Paso's Will Hernandez were still available, but Minnesota elected to go with Hughes.