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Insider Scouting Report on CB Brandon Hughes

CB Brandon Hughes (AP)

A.J. Smith hoped to bolster the depth in the Bolts' secondary by spending a fifth-round pick on Oregon State cornerback Brandon Hughes. But is Hughes ready to contribute this season? To find out, SDBoltReport.com collected a scouting report on Hughes from Tom Marino, a former NFL scout with more than 30 years experience in the league.

Brandon Hughes (5-foot-11, 181 pounds) has already won his first battle of the offseason. One day after the Chargers drafted Hughes, the team released corner DeJuan Tribble, a sixth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. So what is it about Hughes that makes A.J. Smith view him as an upgrade? "Hughes is a very smooth athlete with excellent feet, quickness and easy acceleration," Marino said. "He's...

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