In my draft thoughts post I mentioned that Montori Hughes looked far more athletic in drills than I was expecting. He looked like a "chiseled" 329 and he moved with the fluidity of a big DE in many of the drills. So I watched what I could find on him: one game compilation and his senior bowl performance.
Basically, he's not a pass rusher and never will be. He has extremely slow feet, like he's wearing concrete shoes. Has shortish arms. TONS of core strength but not a lot of arm strength. Doesn't have a fast first step. He pushed the guard back in the pocket just one time that I saw.
He's really strong in his core strength, and is almost impossible to drive back even on double teams. Problem is, he willingly turns himself sideways (opposite of keeping shoulders square) and in the process pretty much concedes the ability to make a tackle. Keeps his head down too. Players can often run right by him. He's the kind of run defender you'd love to have on a goal line stand where winning the strength battle counts for more than actually getting the tackle, but he could be problematic as an every down nose tackle. Probably not an ideal 1-tech because he's so one dimensional.
In drills he looked fluid like a DE though. I could only find two snaps where Hughes lined up like a 5-tech, and he looked pretty good on both of them. Hughes runs faster than Red Bryant and even showed a nice swim move to slip by the tackle on one of those snaps.
Overall, he's very similar to Red Bryant. Big and "country strong" but not a natural DT. Needs to learn how to keep his head up no matter where he plays, but it will be easier to do that at the 5-tech than at the nose tackle spot, I think. Despite being huge, he's flawed at DT and surprisingly well tailored to a power end role. If Seattle drafted him thinking he's a 3-tech though, big mistake.