Jerry Hughes  LB/DE  TCU

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


STRENGTHS

Jerry is an excellent and natural 3-4 defensive LB/DE.  He has very good speed to go along with excellent lateral agility and change of direction skills.  Jerry is a smart and instinctive football player.  He shows leadership skills by his play on the field.  He makes the players around him better while still playing his responsibilities and making the big play when his defense needs it.  The effort Jerry gives on every down is outstanding.  He is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler.  Jerry could play more than one position in a 3-4 defense and is the type of player who will become a weapon if he is drafted by a team with a smart defensive coordinator. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Jerry is not a defensive end.  With his hand down, his impact is lessened because of his size.  He is an "in space" pass rusher who needs to run to the play without engaging a big offensive lineman.  He can do it if you want, but it's not the best use of his talent. 

    

BOTTOM LINE

This kid is playing as a defensive end for his college team because of the defense TCU uses.  Right now he plays DE in a 4-2-5 defense and has his hand on the ground.  However, when he stands up is when he does the most damage.  I think this kid could play LB in any style of defense, but if you put him in a 3-4 as an OLB, he can be moved around and will cause all kinds of problems for a offensive coordinator.  I don't believe for one minute that an NFL team that runs a 3-4 defense will not consider Jerry as a top ten talent on their board.  He has the type of talent, intelligence, football instincts, work ethic and looks to be an excellent teammate around which to build your defense.  For me, Jerry is a top ten talent no matter what defense you are using because he can play more than one position.  That makes him a top ten talent in my book.  I call him Jerry (No Matter) Hughes because no matter what defense you put this kid in, he will be a star.

 

Drew Boylhart   12/09