Backing up Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's response on Monday about first-round draft pick Mike Hughes' first game, defensive coordinator George Edwards said Hughes performed as well as any rookie the team has had.
While he was drafted as the best player available instead of a position of need, Hughes has largely received positive reviews in training camp. It continued when he got the first chance against an opponent on Saturday during the team's first preseason game. Hughes played 29 snaps on defense and showed well in coverage and against the run.
Hughes' debut caused the Minnesota coaches to think about other rookie cornerbacks they've had and how Hughes compared. Xavier Rhodes wasn't a rookie when Zimmer took over, but the Vikings have drafted Trae Waynes in the first round and Mackensie Alexander in the second round in recent season with Zimmer at the helm.
Hughes' has a lot of potential and he could well be on his way to seeing the results match the potential if he continues on the same path.