Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #4 OLB, #32/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 2 2009 Senior Bowl Invite...2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 31 Sol-52 TT, 19.5 TFL, 15 SK, 2 INT, 1 PBU, 3 FR, 6 FF; A consensus All-American ... one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy honoring the nation's top defensive player ... was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award ... a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award given to the best defensive player in college football ... Named as one of 15 "Players to Watch" (and one of just five defensive players) for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Player of the Year award … led the nation with 15 sacks and six forced fumbles … tied for eighth in the country with 19.5 tackles for loss while tying for ninth with three fumbles recoveries … anchored the nation's top-ranked defense … his final sack of the year, with five minutes to play in the Poinsettia Bowl, helped preserve the Horned Frogs' 17-16 victory over then-No. 9 Boise State … Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-MWC selection … a three-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week … set an MWC record with four sacks to go with two forced fumbles in a 32-7 win over then-No. 8 BYU … his performance that night earned him National Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America/Bronko Nagurski Trophy … was also the MWC Defensive Player of the Week … began the year with his first MWC Defensive Player of the Week award in a 26-3 win at New Mexico … totaled six tackles, including 1.5 for loss, with a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception … named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week at UNLV … had a tackle for loss in all but one game and a sack in nine of 13 contests. 2007: 13 GP; 1 GS; KR: 1-10-10-0; 18 Sol-29 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT; Saw action in all 13 games … had at least one tackle in every contest. 2006: 10 GP; 0 GS; 2 Sol-3 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK; One of four true freshmen to see action.
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Defensive end Jerry Hughes: The Colts' first-round draft pick gives the defense something that they haven't had -- a third speed rusher off the edge who can rotate with starting defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
A closer look at the Colts' picks: Round 1/31 -- Jerry Hughes, DE, 6-1, 255, Texas Christian, Expected to make an immediate contribution as the Colts' third edge pass rusher behind starters Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Will see playing time both at hand-on-the-ground defensive end and as a stand-up defensive end as well as on special teams. - by The Sports Xchange
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11/14/12 - OLB Jerry Hughes seems to like the Colts' new 3-4 hybrid defensive system. After not seeing much playing time his first two seasons in the league, Hughes had a pair of sacks in last week's win over Jacksonville. He has a career-high five sacks this season.
10/28/12 - OLB Jerry Hughes started for Robert Mathis (knee).
10/25/12 - OLB Jerry Hughes will likely be starting opposite OLB Dwight Freeney against Tennessee on Sunday. Hughes has been filling in for injured starter Robert Mathis the last two weeks. After seeing limited work on defense the previous two seasons, the 2010 first-round draft pick is currently seventh on the team in tackles with 20 along with two sacks.
10/17/12 - OLB Jerry Hughes may have had his best game since being the Colts' first-round draft pick in 2010 in last week's loss to the Jets. Hughes had eight total tackles and a sack, his second of the season.
10/14/12 - LB Jerry Hughes started for Robert Mathis (knee) at outside linebacker. Hughes, the Colts' top draft pick in 2010, made his third start of the season and contributed with eight tackles and the team's lone sack. The sack was his second of the season and the third of his career. Hughes has struggled to find consistency since coming into the NFL, but he has shown more this season than in his previous two years with the team.