Despite Character Concerns, DT Montori Hughes Viewed As 'Underrated'

The Indianapolis Colts traded up with the Browns in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft and selected Tennessee-Martin defensive tackle Montori Hughes. One of the reasons the talented tackle fell to the 5th round is because of the academic and character concerns that got him dismissed from Tennessee in 2011. He transferred to Tennessee-Martin and played his junior and senior seasons there.

However, despite this concerns, Hughes is considered an underrated prospect by SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn. Here's his pre-draft write-up on Hughes:

First team: Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin

The second Tennessee-Martin player to crack this list, Montori Hughes is somewhat of an underachiever. Academic issues postponed his college football career, and he never stuck at Tennessee due to a variety of academic and disciplinary issues. Off-the-field problems aside, Hughes can play. Possessing the size to play nose tackle in the NFL, Hughes shows a quick burst of the line of scrimmage and the strength to drive blockers into the backfield. Against Northern Illinois, the game I studied closely, Martin consistently held his ground and flashed the ability to get into the backfield. He's rough around the edges. Questions will arise about his attitude and work ethic, but Hughes has legitimate potential as a nose tackle prospect. He needs to learn the finer points of the game and play with a more consistent motor, but based on upside along, Hughes is worth a shot on day three.

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