One of the catalysts of Michigan’s defense last season is finally on the radar for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Er, well, maybe under the radar.
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports named Michigan junior Viper Khaleke Hudson to his list of five under-the-radar prospects that could rise to the first round for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Here is Trapasso’s explanation:
“Hudson will again be Michigan’s most multi-dimensional defender in 2018, as a blitzing coverage nickel linebacker/safety hybrid with sideline-to-sideline run-stopping ability. Last year for the Wolverines, Hudson had 77 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, two interceptions, a pair of forced fumbles and nine pass breakups. He attacks the ball-carrier with a no-nonsense suddenness and power packed into his 6-0, 205-pound frame. As a pass-rusher and when dealing with run-blocking offensive linemen, his urgency and springy athleticism allow him to consistently bounce off blockers to stay involved in the play.
“Michigan lost superstar Maurice Hurst to the NFL but returns the vast majority of its starters from a season ago that was one of the most dominant in the country. The Wolverines allowed 30 touchdowns, and only 10 teams allowed fewer.
“Defensive coordinator Don Brown proved to understand how to deploy Hudson to optimize his dynamic skill set, so the defender is primed for a huge, stat-sheet stuffing year in Ann Arbor. In short, he’s a more productive version of Jabrill Peppers who went in the first round of the 2017 draft and projects outstandingly to an NFL that’s increasingly becoming ‘positionless.’”
I think Trapasso nailed it perfectly. Don Brown knows how to utilize his guys to the best of their abilities, and he certainly did that with Hudson last year.
I do have some legitimate questions, though. Will Hudson have some of the same issues Peppers had in his draft process? Will teams know where they specifically want to play him? Will he be a safety or linebacker? Will he even declare for the NFL if he has another great year?
What do you all think? Have your voice heard in the comments below.