Montori Hughes (born August 25, 1990) is an American football nose tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at University of Tennessee at Martin , and was selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts .

Early years

Hughes was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee . He attended Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, where he was a three-year starter and led the Siegel Stars high school football team in tackles with 106, tackles-for-loss with 25 and sacks with 13 as a senior in 2007. He was named the Region 4-5A Defensive MVP, all-region, all-area and all-county and participated in the Toyota East-West All-Star Classic in 2007. Also starring in basketball, Hughes averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding for Siegel High School.

Rated only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com , Hughes was not ranked among the best defensive tackle prospects in the nation. [5] Scout.com , which listed Hughes as a three-star recruit, ranked him as No. 49 overall defensive tackle in the 2008 class. [6] Jamie Newberg of Scout.com later admitted that recruiting services overlooked Hughes: "Right now, to me, he may be the best prospect in the state when it's all said and done. And we just flat missed him." [7]

Hughes had scholarship offers from Jacksonville State and Tennessee State , but committed to Tennessee after head coach Phillip Fulmer offered him a scholarship. Fulmer compared Hughes to former Vols defensive tackle Justin Harrell , who transformed from a little-known recruit to a first-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft . [7]

College career

Hughes originally signed with the University of Tennessee in January 2008, but failed to qualify academically. He spent several months at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia , before enrolling at Tennessee in January 2009. [8] Hughes had bulked up from 275 to 310 pounds in little over a year, and emerged as one of the Tennessee Volunteers football team's most talented defensive freshman. He was expected to play in Tennessee's 2011 season opener; however, Hughes was dismissed from the team on June 9, 2011, by head coach Derek Dooley .

Hughes subsequently transferred to the University of Tennessee at Martin , and played for the UT Martin Skyhawks football team in 2011 and 2012.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
329 lb
(149 kg)
32 5 8 in
(0.83 m)
10 1 8 in
(0.26 m)
5.23 s 4.70 s 7.85 s 26 1 2 in
(0.67 m)
8 ft 8 in
(2.64 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine [9] [10]

Indianapolis Colts

Hughes was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft . On September 5, 2015, Hughes was waived by the Colts. [11]

New York Giants

On September 7, 2015, Hughes was signed to the New York Giants ' practice squad. [12] On November 10, 2015, he was elevated to the active roster. [13]

On September 4, 2016, Hughes was released by the Giants. [5] On September 13, 2016, Hughes was re-signed by the Giants. [5] He was released on October 11, 2016. [5]

Kansas City Chiefs

On January 31, 2017, Hughes signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs. [5] He was released on August 4, 2017. [5]