The Cleveland Browns selected John Hughes in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft in a move that surprised everyone. Hughes was widely projected as a 6th or 7th round pick if he got drafted at all. Even Hughes himself didn’t plan his draft party until day 3 of the NFL Draft (rounds 4-7) because he didn’t expect to be drafted before then.
Hughes was drafted for purely depth reasons, but when starter Phil Taylor tore his pectoral, putting his season in danger, the Browns had a need for their depth. While veteran Scott Paxson is currently working out as the starter in place of Taylor, the Browns have been very impressed with Hughes, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. They may just be making him earn his way into the starting lineup, but it’s looking like he’ll start there week 1. 6th round rookie Billy Winn, a surprise of another kind (a surprise slip), is another candidate.