Showcases good range when asked to get out to the second level as a lead blocker and does a nice job quickly dropping his pad level and cutting down defenders on contact. But, he isn't a guy who has the kind of power to simply drive defenders off the football at the point of attack. Looks comfortable in blitz pick up, consistently keeping his head on a swivel and quickly reaching his target. And can also catch the football out of the backfield, but is limited to more of a check-down guy.
Impression: Possesses a thick build, but just doesn't stand out enough in any area of the game to warrant a spot on an NFL roster in my opinion. A FB/RB tweener who isn't dynamic at either spot."
Positive: Well-built lead blocker who has proven to be an effective offensive threat. Displays good vision, finds cutback lanes, and plays with an aggressive attitude. Shows a lot of strength as a short-yardage runner and blocker. Keeps his feet driving up the field and works runs. Comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target for the quarterback. Stays squares as a blocker and turns defenders off the ball.
Negative: Primarily used as an offensive threat rather than lead blocker for Notre Dame. Marginally productive and never a true starter.
Analysis: Hughes is a fullback prospect with an all-around game and is a player who can help teams in a variety of ways. He lacks great upside yet does the little things well and could easily make a two deep at the next level."
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