The Vikings added another piece on Thursday night when they designed Mike Hughes with the 30th overall pick.
Hughes played at the UCF last year when the Golden Knights remained undefeated and four selected passes, handing back three kicks for touchdowns to put him firmly on the train radar. Hughes, who left on the first night, was not sure.
Hughes was arrested in 2015 for an administrative offense that was dropped after doing community service, and left North Carolina for a charge of sexual assault. Hughes was never charged and he talked to the teams about his decision to change schools during the preliminary draft. This process included a visit to the Vikings and other reviews that General Manager Rick Spielman said left no doubt that Hughes was fit in Minnesota.
"We spent a lot of time with a lot of people who owned football programs," Spielman said about the Minneapolis Star Tribune . "We've spent a lot of time with people outside of football programs and after extensive research, no doubt, we were very confident he would be a Minnesota Viking."
Hughes joins Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Harrison Smith in a Vikings Secondary, which propelled the team to the NFC title game last year. If Hughes is as good as the Vikings believe, they can do another deep playoff trip this season.