Originally Posted by MaxV
I'm fine with this selection as long as he plays. If they drafted him for depth, then I don't like it.
I think we should use him as a OLB and as a DE, depending on situations.
I LOVE this pick!! I am so excited to have a 3rd pass rusher.
Max I agree it's not a great pick if they don't use him. But Polian and Caldwell both talked about his versatility and using him in a Rover/Joker role. He played LB in high school so it's not completely unfamiliar to him.
Think about all the blitzing Brackett did last year. He did fine, but that isn't Brackett's strength. He is a speedy zone coverage linebacker. Imagine Hughes playing at SLB with Session and Brackett at their normal spots. Or really, any one of our 3 rushers playing any of the 3 positions (strongside rusher, weakside rusher, or rover) on 2nd or 3rd and long. That way our two best LBs can stay in zone and keep an eye on checks to the run, and the 3 best pass rushers can go after the QB. I LOVE it, I'm so psyched to see how Coyer uses Hughes next season.
I am also happy that we will have a 3rd pass rusher that can spell Freeney or Mathis to keep them fresh for the end of the season. I hate that Freeney got hurt in 07 and 09 and both times it cost us the post season. If Hughes is the guy we hope he is, he can come pick up the slack and we'll still have a pass rush. Imagine if we had Hughes in the SB instead of Brock.
Hughes is a great pick IMO.