The New England Patriots traded away Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams in recent weeks, and in exchange, they nabbed the Rams first round pick in 2018. That pick will be No. 23, which they earned by making it to the playoffs last season. The Patriots need help on both sides of the ball heading into next season, but the secondary is an area that they should look to target in the 2018 NFL Draft.
At cornerback, the Patriots have seen their top talent leave in recent years. Last year, Logan Ryan went over to the Tennessee Titans, and then Malcolm Butler joined Ryan in Tennessee this offseason. With their first of two first round picks later this month, the Patriots should look to bring in some talent to the position group, and Mike Hughes from UCF could be a player who is available to them this late in round one.
Hughes is a dynamic cornerback, and should be a player who can make an instant impact at the next level. He has some of the best press coverage skills of any player at his position in this draft class, and has shown himself to be a player not afraid to come up and make a big hit. The Patriots will be an interesting team next season, after losing a lot of talent to free agency, and Hughes can help fill at least one of those voids.