Even if Tampa Bay picks a Safety in the first round, which is very likely, picking up a corner back with their following pick would make sense considering the lack of talent the Buccaneers currently have in their defensive backfield. That is, of course, depending on who is available when the Bucs are on the clock in Round 2. If Mike Hughes, corner back out of the University of Central Florida, is still available, it would not be surprising if Tampa Bay spends their second rounder on this promising young player.
Hughes is 5’10” and weighs 189 lbs. While he might not have the size most Bucs fans would like him to have, he is fast, has great instincts for the game and plays very physical for his size. He excels at jamming Wide Receivers aggressively at the line of scrimmage and he is a solid tackler.
His great football IQ allows him read quarterbacks correctly and act accordingly, by picking off the ball, or swatting it away. Being that he is a former quarterback is an added bonus.
Hughes lead the Knights with 11 pass-breakups in his final year with the team. He played 12 of 13 games that year, added four Interceptions (of which he returned one for a Touchdown) and 47 tackles. Hughes knows what to do with the ball once he has it in his hands, as he has a history of long interception returns.
In addition to that, he has been an excellent kick returner with the athletic ability and the speed to take it all the way if given a crease.
Conclusively, Mike Hughes would be a great addition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ weak defensive backfield. He is one of the best cover corner backs in this draft and might get picked late in the first Round. If Hughes is still there for Tampa’s second round pick, this promising corner back and premier returner, would definitely be worth getting selected.