Bills Acquire LB Hughes In Trade With Colts - 04/29/13
The Buffalo Bills were not done making personnel moves two days after the NFL draft had concluded. The club swung a trade with the Indianapolis Colts as the two teams swapped young linebackers.
Buffalo traded former third-round pick Kelvin Sheppard (2011) to the Colts in exchange for LB Jerry Hughes. Hughes was a first-round pick a year prior to Sheppard (2010).
Hughes (62 254) played defensive end in college at TCU and started his pro career with the Colts as a defensive end in their previous 4-3 system. When the Colts switched to a 3-4 system under new head coach Chuck Pagano he moved to outside linebacker and was a subpackage rush player.
He ran a 4.65 40-time coming out of college and projects to a strong side linebacker role with the Bills, who may also rush in subpackages.
Hughes has appeared in 40 career NFL games with six starts and he had a career-high six sacks last season.
Buffalos new coaching staff obviously felt that Sheppard was not an ideal fit in their new defensive scheme, which demands versatility. Sheppard appeared in 32 games for the Bills making 24 starts. He finished third on the team in tackles in 2012.