Saturday, February 27, 2010
TCU's Hughes prepared for another move
By Tim MacMahon
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jerry Hughes made a dramatic position change after arriving at TCU, moving from running back to defensive end. He doesn’t anticipate any problem if he’s asked to make another position change in the NFL.
“Wherever they ask me to play, I’ll be more than happy to play,” Hughes said when asked about the possibility of becoming a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Hughes, who stands a fraction under 6-2 and weighs 255 pounds, resembles a pair of stocky, speedy pass-rushers who have been dominant in 3-4 schemes. He certainly doesn’t mind the comparisons to Pittsburgh’s James Harrison and Denver’s Elvis Dumervil, but his favorite player is Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney, who has racked up 84 sacks in eight seasons as a defensive end in the Colts’ 4-3 scheme.
Hughes, who added 55 pounds during his TCU career, said he’s comfortable playing in space. However, he understands that the reason he could go as early as the second round is because of his ability to blow by offensive tackles.