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A member of Michigan’s 2016 signing class, Khaleke Hudson was a 4-star prospect from McKeesport, Pennsylvania. As a freshman, he appeared in 6 games as a safety. His sophomore year, he appeared in all 13 games, recording 77 tackles, 16 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 2 Interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. After a forgettable junior season, he showed out his senior year with 101 tackles, 3 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 3 pass deflections, and earned Second-Team All Big-Ten honors.
Despite his small stature, Hudson excelled as a linebacker/safety hybrid. He relied on his toughness to compensate for his size. Hudson flows well into run gaps, diagnosing run plays helps him beat lineman to the hole. He also has a knack for blocking punts.
Scouts have several concerns about Hudson. He was overwhelmed by Army’s rushing attack, being pinballed by blockers. His short stride hinders his ability to go sideline-to-sideline fast, and he’s not the quickest in zone coverage.
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What the Experts Say
Undersized safety turned linebacker who summons toughness and spunk to counterbalance his lack of traits. The production has been fairly impressive in two of the last three seasons, but he’s quicker than fast and his range is limited. Hudson’s lack of size shows up near the line of scrimmage and he’s not as sticky in coverage as he needs to be. His talent for blocking punts should garner attention, but may not be enough to overcome deficiencies at linebacker or safety. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
The ——– ended up selecting Hudson in the —- round. Even if he is never a star on defense, Hudson could make a name for himself on special teams. With that ability he could become a core special teams contributor for the —– for years to come.