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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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Draft Scout Jerry Hughes News
10/03/16 - LB Jerry Hughes recorded a 14-yard sack, his fourth sack of the season.
08/02/16 - LB Jerry Hughes has been seen dropping a little more into pass coverage, and Rex Ryan said that Hughes will indeed do more of that this season. Last year, Ryan let Hughes and Mario Williams primarily rush upfield rather than drop, which is a departure for outside linebackers in his scheme.
11/09/15 - DE Jerry Hughes recorded Buffalo's only two sacks, and one included a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Hughes also took a 15-yard personal foul earlier in the game, his seventh 15-yard penalty of the season.
03/09/15 - DE Jerry Hughes will remain in Buffalo after officially signing a five-year, $45 million deal with the Bills on Monday (March 9). The deal includes a reported $17.625 million in fully guaranteed money.
Hughes, 26, recorded 10 sacks in each of the past two seasons.
"When you don't have a large chunk of your cap eaten up by a marquee quarterback you can spend it other ways," general manager Doug Whaley said Monday. "We are going to be heavily invested in the defensive line. That is one of the ways that we are going to have to play to win with the makeup of our squad. Play good defense, run the ball and have the quarterback protect the ball. That is how we are building this team."
The Bills led the NFL in sacks with 54 last season with Mario Williams and Hughes crashing off the edge.
Head coach Rex Ryan said in Indianapolis at the Scouting Combine last month that Hughes was a priority based on his performance against Ryan and the AFC East over the past two years. The Bills hiring Ryan was a selling point for Hughes.
"Once I found out Rex was taking over the head coaching job, just getting all the text messages from other players saying how great of a coach he is, everyone is going to love him," Hughes said Monday. "So you kind of get that feeling from people that aren't even on the team have respect for him. We know what he is going to bring defense aside, so you know you definitely want to be a part of something great like that."
A first-round pick by the Colts in 2010 out of TCU, Hughes spent three years in Indianapolis before he was traded to Buffalo in April 2013 for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard. In his first season with the Bills, Hughes started just once but made 46 tackles and defended two passes while appearing in all 16 games. He started every game in 2014 and recorded a career-high 53 tackles.
Over 72 career games (24 starts), Hughes has 25 sacks, 161 tackles and three passes defensed.
03/04/15 - DE Jerry Hughes was rumored to be a franchise tag possibility, but the Bills opted against that. And once they acquired Matt Cassel and LeSean McCoy in trades, their salary cap space dwindled, so it will be very difficult for the Bills to re-sign Hughes. He is the top available free-agent pass rusher, and he will cash in.