A gifted athlete off the edge who showcases a good first step and has the speed to consistently threaten the corner, Hughes looks even more explosive when asked to stand up from a two-point stance and can accelerate around the edge. He's a natural bender who coils up well and likes to play from a four-point stance at times. He has little wasted motion and does a nice job maximizing his first step. He possesses good balance and pad level when asked to turn the corner and likes to be violent with his hands when setting up blocks. He does a nice job changing gears on the outside, using his length to defeat the block, and is sudden in space. Also, Hughes displays a physical element to his game. He isn't afraid to work the bull-rush and does a good job getting under the pad level of opposing linemen on contact, pumping his legs and collapsing the pocket on the outside. He likes to work his bull-rush as a counter move when offensive tackles start overplaying his outside run. He isn't the most instinctive rusher off the snap and at times will struggle to time up the snap count. But he does a nice job finding the ball in the run game and working his way toward the action. He's a bit undersized and can be overwhelmed and sealed from the ball in the run game, but he works himself off blocks well and does a nice job dropping his pad level on contact and exploding down the line to make the play. Overall, he's a gifted pass rusher who can pressure the pocket in a variety of ways. He has some versatility but to me looks like a bona fide starting 3-4 OLB at the next level.