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Mike Hughes Contract Details Released

The Vikings round out their 2018 draft class.

The Minnesota Vikings locked up the last of their eight draft picks Thursday, signing first-round pick Mike Hughes to a four-year contract. The 5-foot-10, 189-pound cornerback was taken with the 30th pick overall in April’s draft.

According to Saint Paul Pioneer Press reporter Chris Tomasson, Hughes received a four-year deal worth $9.87 million that includes a signing bonus worth $5.256 million. His salary cap hit for the 2018 season is $1.794 million.

Since Hughes was a first-round pick, the Vikings will have an opportunity to pick up a fifth-year option after his third season.

By signing Hughes the Vikings now have their entire 2018 draft class under contract before rookies report to training camp on Tuesday. Hughes will compete for playing time at nickel cornerback. He’s the favorite to become the kick returner and will push Marcus Sherels for punt return duties.

Vikings 2018 draft class

  1. 1st round (pick 30) Mike Hughes
  2. 2nd round (pick 62) Brian O’Neill
  3. 4th round (pick 102) Jalyn Holmes
  4. 5th round (pick 157) Tyler Conklin
  5. 5th round (pick 167) Daniel Carlson
  6. 6th round (pick 213) Colby Gossett
  7. 6th round (pick 218) Ade Aruna
  8. 7th round (pick 225) Devante Downs

The Vikings first on-field practice is on Wednesday.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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    1. Same, it’s great to have all the rookies around for camp. I’m liking this year’s draft class more and more. Looking forward to seeing how they perform this preseason

      1. Same here Sean on liking the rookies ~ I can’t wait for the camp reports to start coming out ~ I love the first two picks of Mike Hughes and Brian O’Neill ~ With all the top QB the Vikings will be facing this year Hughes was the right pick at 30 for me ~ O’Neill had the best movement skill of all the OL that came out ~

        I won’t lie I had the Vikings taking the best OG left on the board at 30 ~ However I was looking at what I thought was a need ~ Turns out Spielman~Zimmer thoughts were much high on their young players already on the roster ~

        Heck I remember saying on this site I wouldn’t be shocked or upset if they took a OL in 2 of the first 3 rounds ~ On a side note I am not or never have been a college or pro coach or talent scout ~ So what the he!! do I know ~ LOL

        1. I was like most fans (and you) in that I expected multiple o-linemen taken early. The Hughes pick definitely surprised me, but in terms of value (his return abilities, avg. CB salary and his 5th-year option), I like the selection more and more.

          You’re totally right about the team liking their young linemen (like Isidora, Hill, and Collins). Plus Compton and Andrews were good gets. By adding O’Neill and Gossett the depth is now there, which has been THE major issue the last few seasons.

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