Former Vol Montori Hughes selected in 5th round of NFL draft

Former Tennessee defensive tackle Montori Hughes was selected by the Indianapolis Colts Saturday in the fifth round of the NFL draft (139th overall pick) on Saturday, April 27, 2013. He finished his college eligibility at UT-Martin.

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Former Tennessee defensive tackle Montori Hughes was selected by the Indianapolis Colts Saturday in the fifth round of the NFL draft (139th overall pick) on Saturday, April 27, 2013. He finished his college eligibility at UT-Martin.

Defensive tackle Montori Hughes, whose brief tenure at Tennessee ended unhappily, is on his way to the NFL.

Hughes, who finished his college eligibility at UT-Martin, was selected by the Indianapolis Colts Saturday in the fifth round of the NFL draft (139th overall pick).

A 6-foot-4, 329-pound native of Murfreesboro, Hughes played as a reserve during his freshman season in 2009. He missed the season finale of 2010 due to a rules violation and was eventually dismissed from the team before the start of the 2011 season.

But Hughes reached his potential at UT Martin. He had 31 tackles, including 8.5 for loss, four sacks and 13 quarterback hurries as a senior with the Skyhawks in 2012.

Hughes worked out for NFL teams at UT’s pro day in Knoxville last month.

“This kid has more talent than fifth-rounders have,” said NFL.com analyst Mike Mayock. “It’s just a matter of getting it out.”

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has gone undrafted through four rounds, but most expect he will be selected before the final day of the draft is finished. Tight end Mychal Rivera and former UT receiver Da’Rick Rogers are other players to watch on Saturday.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.

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Comments » 11

jawga writes:

A Punter taken before Bray...Priceless.

cltvol writes:

good for hughes,,nice comeback story

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to jawga:

A Punter taken before Bray...Priceless.

Steve McLaughlin K drafted before Eric Zeier in 95, priceless. If Bray isn't a better pro qb than Zeier, he'll at least be a better analyst than he is . Good grief at least Jesse Palmer works for ESPN, who does Zeier work for?

jawga writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

Steve McLaughlin K drafted before Eric Zeier in 95, priceless. If Bray isn't a better pro qb than Zeier, he'll at least be a better analyst than he is . Good grief at least Jesse Palmer works for ESPN, who does Zeier work for?

Make that 2 P's & a K. Just watched a repeat of Gruden working him over...no wonder he's slipped to at least the 6th round. I'm guessing CDD is telling the Cowboys to take the gamble.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I still can't understand why Dooley would let him leave, especially with the defense UT fielded last year?? Anyway, good luck Mr. Hughes I believe you can make it in the NFL.

lstbodeanvol writes:

Hughes had a good career at Tennessee-martin got in shape and had some good coaching..good luck Skyhawk-vol

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I still can't understand why Dooley would let him leave, especially with the defense UT fielded last year?? Anyway, good luck Mr. Hughes I believe you can make it in the NFL.

I heard one analyst say he has a tendency to take plays off. Vol fans already knew that. It sure couldn't have hurt to have him.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

I heard one analyst say he has a tendency to take plays off. Vol fans already knew that. It sure couldn't have hurt to have him.

No doubt, the whole team took plays off last year..

Colliervol writes:

Nobody ever said that Hughes didn't have raw talent. And what can you say about Bray except that he made a HUGE miscalculation in leaving. That "I'm too cool for school" attitude just caught up with him. Shoulda stayed and worked on his attitude and work ethic.

volforeverandever writes:

The NFL has said that Hughes was a way better player than Bray.Take note Walt and Collegegrove that is the truth.

GloryDays writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

No doubt, the whole team took plays off last year..

Ain't that the truth. The coach dooley took 3 years off. Thankfully the 3 year nightmare is over.

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