Hughes Chosen By Cleveland In Third Round Of 2012 NFL Draft|
April 27, 2012
CINCINNATI - Former University of Cincinnati defensive tackle John Hughes (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 24th pick in the third round, the 87th overall selection, of the 2012 NFL Draft Friday.
Hughes (highlights) is the third former UC player chosen in this year’s draft after defensive tackle Derek Wolfe (Lisbon, Ohio/Beaver Local) and running back Isaiah Pead (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy), were selected in the second round.
Wolfe went to the Denver Broncos with the fourth pick of the second round, the 36th selection overall and Pead was taken by the St. Louis Rams with the 18th selection in the second round, the 50th overall pick.
Hughes becomes the 104th UC player drafted all-time. With his selection, 20 former Bearcats have been drafted since 2005.
This marks the second time in school history the Bearcats have had three of the first 100 selections of the draft. In 1960, Jim Leo (36/New York Giants), Jack Lee (61/St. Louis Cardinals) and Ed Kovac (Chicago Bears) were all chosen in the first 100 picks.
Hughes is UC's first third round pick since Antwan Peek was taken in the 67th spot by the Houston Texans in 2003.
Hughes closed out the season with 51 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, a pair of quarterback hurries and a blocked kick. He played some of his best football during UC's championship and Liberty Bowl run, tallying 27 tackles and four sacks over the last five games of the season.
The Bearcats were one of the most improved defenses in the nation in 2010, leading the NCAA FBS in tackles for a loss (8.62), ranking second in sacks (3.46), sixth in rushing defense (96.23) and 20th in scoring defense (20.31).
Hughes was a co-winner of the John Pease Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award and the Ray Sheakley Most Improved Leader Award at the 2011 team banquet.
The 2012 NFL Draft concludes Saturday with rounds 4-7 taking place starting at noon ET on ESPN and the NFL Network.