Garden City Community College may soon have a couple of more former players in the NFL ranks.
This week, former Broncbuster defensive lineman Jeremy Faulk signed with the Cleveland Browns to the reserve/futures list. Then on Monday, former Buster Mike Hughes announced he would forego his senior season at the University of Central Florida and declare for the NFL Draft.
“I would like to thank my family, loved ones, teammates, friends and all those that have been on this journey with me from the very beginning for your love and continued support throughout my career,” Hughes said on Twitter.
Immediately, Hughes drew rave reviews from player evaluators in the media.
“Mike Hughes is outstanding,” tweeted NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah. “Quick, fluid, excellent in press, plays the ball well down the field.”
Hughes was an intrical part of the Busters’ 2016 national championship team, and a key cog for the Knights during the run to a undefeated 2017 and Peach Bowl win over Auburn. Combined, Hughes has not been on a team that has lost a game in two seasons.
According to Pro Football Focus, Hughes finished the season with the second-lowest passer rating (43.9) when targeted by opposing quarterback among draft-eligible cornerbacks in the American Athletic Conference.
WalterFootball.com has Hughes being selected by the Browns with the first pick of the second round (No. 33 overall).
For UCF, Hughes had four interceptions — returned one for a touchdown — 11 pass breakups and 37 tackles from his cornerback position. He also returned 16 kickoffs for 545 yards and two touchdowns, and returned 13 punts for 232 yards and another score.
At GCCC, Hughes was the Busters’ top corner, recording 40 tackles and picking off two passes. He also had three punt return touchdowns and was named an NJCAA First Team All-American.
Faulk was also part of the Busters’ 2016 team, and was the 2015 NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year. He signed to the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2017, before being cut prior to the regular season.
A futures contract locks Faulk into being a Brown going into 2018, counting as part of the 90-player roster limit.