Khaleke Hudson

S, Michigan

  • Conf Big Ten - East
  • Jersey #7
  • Class Senior
  • HT 5'11"
  • DOB 12/06/1997
  • WT 218 lbs



    PROS: Large box safety with experience at LB, NCB, and EDGE — fits into the Derwin James mold that teams will likely look to continue developing at the NFL. Effective EMLOS (End Man on the Line Of Scrimmage) for a 220-pound safety who maximizes length and explosiveness well to get upfield and keep his outside shoulder free as a run defender and pass-rusher — anticipates the snap well. Physical in man coverage with a willingness to redirect route stems through his area and carry larger TEs and WRs up the seam while encroaching on their space. Has some good transitional quickness to flip his hips and redirect when dealing with releases from off-coverage alignment. Understands his run keys from all alignments and rarely runs himself out of position; willing to make the sacrifice play and take out blockers to give other defenders space for cleanup.

    CONS: Untrustworthy in man coverage due to aggressiveness and average athleticism. Gets very grabby beyond the contact window and will invite DPIs; cannot trust himself with playing disconnected because he lacks ideal explosiveness and agility for a man-cover defender — most of whom are 20 pounds his lesser, of course. Linear frame that doesn’t carry much bulk, which makes him an odd fit in the secondary and begs a questioning glance at a full LB transition. As it stands, ineffective filling gaps due to a lack of play strength and a picky approach to contact — does not look to initiate contact as a run fill player or tackler. Accordingly retreats when he diagnoses and takes the long way around instead of fighting into contact between the tackles. True tweener who can stick on an NFL roster, but needs to find a home on a creative defense/change his body comp.