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2020 NFL Draft: Michigan linebacker Khaleke Hudson selected by Washington Redskins

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Hudson came off the board much earlier than the projections figured he would.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Illinois Michael Allio-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins have selected former Michigan Wolverines linebacker Khaleke Hudson in the 5th round with the 162nd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Hudson is the fourth Wolverine to come off the board this weekend with Cesar Ruiz (1st round, New Orleans), Josh Uche (2nd round, New England), Ben Bredeson (4th round, Baltimore) preceding him.

Hudson appeared in 52 games in his Michigan career with 37 starts at the VIPER position, a hybrid linebacker/safety role. He is a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and holds the Michigan record for most tackles for loss in a single game with 8 vs. Minnesota in 2017). Coming out of high school, Hudson was a three-star prospect and the No. 386 player in the country, per 247Sports’ composite.

Overview (scouting report here):

Hudson’s career at Michigan may have had its ups and downs as far as production goes, but ‘playmaker’ is a term that should be thrown his way. Hudson’s film is inconsistent at times but there’s a heavy dose of highlight reel plays on his game film at Michigan that will have NFL teams considering his potential. Hudson’s versatility may be enticing for the ever-changing NFL that is now valuing players with Hudson’s skill-set more than they have in the past. Hudson is most likely to become a strong safety for the majority of his snaps on defense, but expect him to play a hybrid role with snaps at linebacker and nickel if he’s able to crack a 53-Man roster. Right out of that gate as a rookie, though, Hudson’s best chance of making an NFL team resides in his abilities on special teams as a punt blocking ace. Hudson deserves a long look on special teams by a team at the very least and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he is drafted in the seventh round.

The 2020 NFL Draft takes place all weekend with the first round on Thursday (8 p.m. ET), second and third rounds on Friday (7 p.m. ET) and fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday (12 p.m. ET).