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Vikings take cornerback Mike Hughes in 1st round of NFL Draft

Hughes had off-field concerns, but is a highly touted cornerback.

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, 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. 

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