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John Hughes III (born April 27, 1988) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Cincinnati.

John Hughes III
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Hughes with the Cleveland Browns in 2012
Free agent
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1988-04-27) April 27, 1988 (age 31)
Columbus, Ohio
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Gahanna (OH) Lincoln
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 87
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Ray Sheakley Leadership Award (2011)
  • John Pease Outstanding Lineman Award (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:125
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at

High school careerEdit

John Hughes attended Gahanna Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio. Hughes played tight end at Gahanna Lincoln and was initially recruited by colleges as either a tight end or defensive end. A three-star prospect according to, Hughes accepted a scholarship from the University of Cincinnati.[1] Hughes is the second player ever to be drafted in the NFL from Gahanna Lincoln. Robert James White was the first in 1953 to the Baltimore Colts.

College careerEdit

Hughes accepted a scholarship from the University of Cincinnati, playing defensive tackle for the Bearcats. With his coaches acknowledging his rare combination of size, speed, and power, Hughes switched to defensive tackle upon his arrival at the University of Cincinnati. A four-year contributor and two-year starter for the Bearcats, Hughes became a disruptive force along the defensive line. In his senior season alone, Hughes recorded 12.5 tackles for loss and 5 quarterback sacks. Upon completing his collegiate career, Hughes was awarded the Ray Sheakley Most Improved Leader Award as well as the John Pease Outstanding Lineman Award.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Hughes was invited to the 2012 NFL Combine upon completion of his impressive collegiate career. Hampered by a hamstring injury, Hughes had limited participation at the Combine. Overlooked by many NFL Draft pundits, Hughes drew interest prior to the draft from most of the NFL franchises.

Hughes was drafted 87th overall by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.[3] Hughes has made an early impact in Cleveland and is a major contributor at defensive tackle, starting in two of his first several games. Hughes earned his first professional sack against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 16, 2012.[4]

On March 13, 2015, Hughes signed a four-year, $14.4 million contract extension.[5]

On September 20, 2016, Hughes was released by the Browns.[6]

New England PatriotsEdit

On September 27, 2016, Hughes was signed by the New England Patriots.[7] He was released on October 1, 2016.[8]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On October 3, 2016, Hughes was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers[9] He was released on December 10, 2016 but was re-signed three days later.[10][11]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On August 12, 2017, Hughes was signed by the New Orleans Saints.[12] He was released on September 2, 2017.[13] He was re-signed on October 4.[14] He was released by the Saints on November 6 and re-signed on November 8, 2017.[15][16] He was placed on injured reserve on December 27, 2017 after suffering a torn biceps in Week 16.[17]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On July 26, 2018, Hughes signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.[18] Hughes was released by the Bills on August 12, 2018.[19]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (April 27, 2012). "Cleveland Browns select Cincinnati DT John Hughes with third-round pick, add extra fourth-round pick in deal with Denver".
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ Fowler, Jeremy (March 13, 2015). "Browns extend DE John Hughes". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Browns sign QB Charlie Whitehurst, OL Austin Reiter". September 20, 2016.
  7. ^ "Patriots sign DL John Hughes; Sign WR Da'Ron Brown to practice squad". Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Patriots make a series of transactions". October 1, 2016.
  9. ^ Smith, Scott (October 3, 2016). "Bucs Add John Hughes to Depleted Line".
  10. ^ "Bucs Activate Sims, Promote Dye". December 10, 2016.
  11. ^ Smith, Scott (December 13, 2016). "John Hughes Returns, Major Wright Released".
  12. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". August 12, 2017.
  13. ^ "New Orleans Saints make 37 roster moves". September 2, 2017.
  14. ^ Erickson, Joel A. (October 4, 2017). "Saints sign defensive tackle John Hughes".
  15. ^ Erickson, Joel A. (November 6, 2017). "Saints claim Bryce Harris off of waivers, release defensive tackle John Hughes".
  16. ^ Erickson, Joel, A. (November 8, 2017). "Saints bring back John Hughes, cut John Greco". Retrieved November 8, 2017.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ Katzenstein, Josh (December 27, 2017). "Saints place defensive tackle John Hughes on injured reserve".
  18. ^ Brown, Chris (July 26, 2018). "Bills add DT Hughes".
  19. ^ "Bills add defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker". August 12, 2018.

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