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Chadman
01-08-2009, 11:29 PM
Anyone ever see this guy play? Anyone got some info on him?

Chadman watched this clip & liked what he saw...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN_q0SXFyYc

Rated as a 4-6 round prospect at this point...

D Rock
01-08-2009, 11:52 PM
judging just by that video...


I like the way he goes after the ball and plays the ball in the air in coverage. That's something I think our DBs are lacking in and it would be nice to add that.

Unfortunately it looks like his tackling is pretty suspect. This was a highlight tape so they aren't showing any missed tackles, but the only tackles they did show he has hitting high and grasping at the pads and jersey to make the tackle. I'd say he is probably a huge liability in run support looking at just that tape.

Round 4 or beyond he would be worth a look at drafting and hoping to teach him some tackling technique. Probably even the end of round 3 if there isn't anyone else worth drafting at that point.

Bandito
01-09-2009, 12:36 AM
Per NFL Draft Scout: Sports Xchange

Brandon Hughes, CB, Oregon State

Name: Brandon Hughes (+) Coming off hamstring injury
Compares to: Torrie Cox (Pittsburgh/2003/Rd 6/TB)
College: Oregon State Number: 36
Height: 5-10 Weight: 184
Position: CB Pos2: Class/Draft Year: rSr/2009
40 Low: 4.40 40 Time: 4.49 40 High: 4.58

Projected Round: 6-7 Stock:
Rated number 24 out of 228 CB's 211 / 2631 TOTAL

2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 43 Sol-57 TT, 7 TFL, 2 INT, 12 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF; Pac-10 Second Team honors after making 12 pass breakups, tied for fifth in the league...his 57 tackles marked the fifth-highest total on the team, including seven tackles for loss...started all 13 games...in on three of the biggest tackles for not only 2007, but in Beaver history in upset win at No. 2 Cal - assisted (Greg Laybourn) on the Bears' 4th-and-goal from 1-yard line late in the third quarter stopping running back Justin Forsett... 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 28 Sol-35 TT, 2 TFL, 4 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Brandon started 12 games at cornerback, missing the first two due to an knee injury...35 tackles for the season, including a career-high seven vs. Washington State... 2005: 11 GP; 7 GS; 28 Sol-41 TT, 1 TFL, 9 PBU; Hughes started seven games at right cornerback...made his first start against Arizona State...nine pass breakups, second on the team...sixth-highest total on the team for tackles with 41...2004: Redshirt.

2007 Season
Pac-10 Second Team honors after making 12 pass breakups, tied for fifth in the league...his 57 tackles marked the fifth-highest total on the team, including seven tackles for loss...started all 13 games...in on three of the biggest tackles for not only 2007, but in Beaver history in upset win at No. 2 Cal – assisted (Greg Laybourn) on the Bears’ 4th-and-goal from 1-yard line late in the third quarter stopping running back Justin Forsett...also in on assists on the same drive on Forsett rushes on 1st-and-goal from the two and 2nd-and-goal from the one.

2006 Season
Brandon started 12 games at cornerback, missing the first two due to an injury...35 tackles for the season, including a career-high seven vs. Washington State...also had six against Oregon...forced a fumble vs. Hawai’i...registered four pass breakups, including two in the win over No. 3 USC...recovered a fumble (forced by Daniel Drayton) against Oregon that led to an OSU 7-0 lead.

2005 Season
Hughes started seven games at right cornerback...made his first start against Arizona State...nine pass breakups, second on the team...sixth-highest total on the team for tackles with 41, including nine vs. Stanford and seven vs. Washington State...broke up three passes against the Cougars and California...also played special teams.

Draft Scout Player News
12/18/08 - East-West Shrine Invite: Oregon State’s defense went to work Tuesday on Pittsburgh, the Beavers’ opponent in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, and mostly it was a matter of staying the course for what had been one of the Pac-10’s best defenses until that final game of the regular season. OSU’s view: Oregon happened. “It was just one of those performances,” Beaver cornerback Brandon Hughes said. “We watched the film and now we move on. We can’t continue to dwell on it. We have to progress from there.” Hughes has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 17 in Houston. - Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal

12/09/08 - 2008 ALL-PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: DB Brandon Hughes, Sr., Oregon State, has been selected All-Pacific 10 Conference football Second Team for the 2008 college football season as voted on by the league head coaches. - Oregon State football

10/10/08 - The key injury issue is the sore hamstring of CB Brandon Hughes. He didn't play at Utah, and Tim Clark filled in well but the Beavers would like to get back to their threesome at cornerback, including Keenan Lewis. There has often been a problem with cramping for Lewis, and Clark has been the ever-ready replacement. But if he's filling for Hughes, that isn't an option. Hughes had to leave practice Monday when the hamstring felt sore.

10/06/08 - The Beavers didn't have Brandon Hughes for the Utes, but he's expected to be recovered from his hamstring strain for the next game against Washington State. Receiver Sammie Stroughter (hip) and safety Al Afalava (groin) played through injuries but an extra couple days off after a Thursday game at Utah should help in recovery.

07/10/08 - 2008 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List: Oregon State senior cornerback Brandon Hughes has been selected as one of 40 preseason candidates for the 24th annual Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation’s premier defensive back. Hughes, who originally came to OSU as a receiver prospect, has made 31 starts in the secondary. He made 57 tackles last season, the fifth-highest total on the team. The 2007 Pac-10 Conference Second Team honoree from Bloomington, Ill., tied for fifth in the league with 12 pass deflections. The Thorpe Award is voted on by a panelist of sportswriters, sportscasters, coaches and former players. The three finalists are invited to the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando in December with the formal presentation Feb. 3 in Oklahoma City. The 5-11, 178-pound Hughes was also announced a candidate for the Lott Trophy in April. - Oregon State Football

2009 CB Ratings (Current)
1 Jenkins, Malcolm Ohio State 1 6-0 200 4.45
2 Moore, *D.J. Vanderbilt 1 5-10 184 4.45
3 Smith, Alphonso Wake Forest 1-2 5-09 190 4.45
4 Davis, *Vontae Illinois 1-2 6-0 204 4.42
5 Mickens, Mike Cincinnati 1-2 6-0 190 4.49
6 Harris, Victor Virginia Tech 2 5-11 194 4.56
7 Butler, Darius Connecticut 2-3 5-11 187 4.42
8 Munnerlyn, *Captain South Carolina 2-3 5-09 185 4.39
9 Lewis, Keenan Oregon State 3 6-1 198 4.50
10 Smith, DeAngelo Cincinnati 3 5-11 190 4.54
11 Trent, Morgan Michigan 3-4 6-1 190 4.50
12 Francies, Coye San Jose State 3-4 6-0 185 4.47
13 Johnson, Domonique Jackson State 3-4 6-2 190 4.38
14 Burnett, Joe Central Florida 4 5-10 185 4.54
15 Barnes, Kevin Maryland 4 6-1 188 4.47
16 Johnson, Bruce Miami 4-5 5-10 182 4.43
17 Harris, Cary Southern Cal 4-5 5-11 184 4.52
18 Fryar, Londen Western Michigan 5 5-11 192 4.53
19 Lankster, Ellis West Virginia 5 5-10 190 4.53
20 Powers, *Jerraud Auburn 5-6 5-09 192 4.49
21 Word-Daniels, Jahi Georgia Tech 5-6 6-0 194 4.53
22 Willingham, DeAngelo Tennessee 6 6-0 200 4.52
23 McCourty, Jason Rutgers 6 5-11 190 4.49
24 Hughes, Brandon Oregon State 6-7 5-10 184 4.49

Chadman
01-09-2009, 12:38 AM
Thanks D.

Chadman was thinking of something along the lines of what the Steelers did with Deshea- have him fit the nickle or dime role for a few seasons until he starts to look more polished & then see if he can push into the starting role.

Reports say he's pretty smart & has excellent character.

Bandito
01-09-2009, 12:43 AM
Per Sporting News WarRoom:

93 of Super 99

Overall grade: 4.4
Position rank: 15

BRANDON HUGHES MEASURABLES
Height: 5-10 Weight: 179
40-yard dash: 4.49

Brandon Hughes
CB, Oregon State
War Room analysis
Strengths: Shows great athleticism and straight-line speed to break on passes. Is quick and extremely smooth in short areas. Shows good backpedal, and transitions well to turn and run downfield on deep throws. Changes directions with ease. Shows good recognition skills.

Weaknesses: Is undersized; struggles to match up against bigger, stronger wide receivers. Loses jump-ball battles. Is a liability against the run. Tends to lead with shoulder on tackles. Rarely makes big plays.

Bottom line: Hughes is an underrated defensive back for the Beavers' defense. When the matchup is right, he can really lock down opponents; he is effective against speed receivers but gets abused by bigger, stronger opponents. He will be limited in man-to-man coverage in the NFL but could be a strong contributor in zone because of his ability to read and react quickly. Hughes is just too athletic a prospect to pass up in the later rounds. After spending a few seasons bulking up and honing his tackling skills, he could develop into a solid nickel back.

Cornerbacks - Sorted by Overall Super 99

1 Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio St. -- -- -- -- -- -- 6-0 194 4.40 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 Alphonso Smith, Wake For. -- -- -- -- -- -- 5-8 193 4.46 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Darius Butler, UConn -- -- -- -- -- -- 5-10 186 4.42 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 DeAngelo Smith, Cin. -- -- -- -- -- -- 5-11 193 4.56 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 Woodny Turenne, Louisville -- -- -- -- -- -- 6-1 182 4.50 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 Kevin Barnes, Maryland -- -- -- -- -- -- 6-0 182 4.57 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 Lydell Sargeant, Penn State -- -- -- -- -- -- 5-9 186 4.51 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 Vontae Davis*, Illinois -- -- -- -- -- -- 6-0 205 4.40 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 Mike Mickens, Cin. -- -- -- -- -- -- 5-11 183 4.53 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 Londen Fryar, W. Michigan -- -- -- -- -- -- 5-11 189 4.56 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 Jahi Word-Daniels, Georgia Tech -- -- -- -- -- -- 5-11 186 4.54 -- -- -- -- --12 Bruce Johnson, Miami (FL) -- -- -- -- -- -- 5-10 174 4.44 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 Victor Harris, Va. Tech -- -- -- -- -- -- 5-11 191 4.67 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 Keenan Lewis, Oregon St. -- -- -- -- -- -- 6-0 197 4.51 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 Brandon Hughes, Oregon St. -- -- -- -- -- -- 5-10 179 4.49 -- -- -- -- -- --