There may not be a player in the draft with more riding on his combine performance. If Hughes can run his 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range, he's a first-round pick. If he can't, he may slide to the middle of the second round.
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Draft Scout Dante Hughes News
05/24/12 - CB Dante Hughes, a six-year veteran who tried out for the team at the rookie minicamp two weeks ago, was signed Thursday.
Hughes, 5-10 and 186 pounds, spent his first two NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and the last three with the San Diego Chargers. He has played in 53 regular season games with two starts – one in each of the last two seasons- and in one postseason game for the 2008 Colts against the Chargers. Hughes has been credited with 81 tackles (61 solo), one interception and five passes defensed.
In 2011, Hughes played in all 16 games for the Chargers with one start – Nov. 6 vs. Green Bay – and was credited with a career-high 42 tackles (32 solo) and three passes defensed.
The previous season, Hughes played in 12 games, including his first career start on Nov. 28 at Indianapolis, where he was credited with a career-high 10 tackles. In 2009, Hughes played in one game in his first season with the Chargers.
Hughes entered the NFL as a third round draft choice (95th overall pick) by the Colts in 2007. He played in 10 games as a rookie before going on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, and 14 games in 2008.