Nightly Roundup: July 18, 2020

Tag: Khaleke Hudson

18Jul 2020
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Nightly Roundup: July 18, 2020

Nico Collins (image via SI)

Who’s more deserving of wearing the #1 jersey?

  • 48 catches, 759 yards, 1 touchdown
  • 37 catches, 729 yards, 7 touchdowns

As you might have guessed, the first guy is Ronnie Bell. The second is Nico Collins. I’m not sure it totally makes sense to give the #1 jersey to the guy with 11 fewer catches, but I don’t really care too deeply. I like them both.

Award watch list notes:

  • WR Nico Collins was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list for best WR
  • TE Nick Eubanks was named to the Mackey Award watch list for best TE
  • DE Kwity Paye was named to the Bednarik Award watch list for best defensive player

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26Apr 2020
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2020 NFL Draft Recap

Cesar Ruiz (image via Newsweek)

Round 1 (#24 overall): Cesar Ruiz – C – New Orleans Saints
This was about where most people thought Ruiz would come off the board. I heard some talk about the Saints wanting to groom him for 2021 and beyond, but I think that’s crazy talk. You don’t draft an offensive lineman in round one to let him sit on the bench. He could potentially play guard for a year or more, though. Ultimately, Ruiz goes to a great spot with a team that could be in the running for a Super Bowl.

Round 2 (#60 overall): Josh Uche – OLB – New England Patriots
I have to imagine Uche will see some immediate playing time in New England’s versatile scheme. The Patriots can do a lot of things with him, and he should play a role similar to what he did at Michigan. They should use him to rush off the edge and then also line him up at inside linebacker occasionally and run some stunts. Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins both left New England in the off-season, so the Patriots needed to replenish the linebacker position. He joins former college teammate Chase Winovich, and those two could be rushing the QB from opposite edges in 2020.

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22Apr 2020
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2020 NFL Draft Preview: Michigan

Cesar Ruiz

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Just for fun, I like to take a shot at the NFL draft prospects from Michigan each year. This year there is less top-end talent than last year (Devin Bush, Rashan Gary) but more depth. It seems like only two guys are guaranteed to get drafted through Day 2, and then the rest is a crap shoot.

Hit the jump for a rundown on all of Michigan’s draft-eligible athletes.

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2Mar 2020
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Goodbye, Khaleke Hudson

Khaleke Hudson (image via Detroit News)

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Hudson, from McKeesport (PA) McKeesport, committed to Michigan in January of 2016, shortly before National Signing Day (LINK). I initially gave him a TTB Rating of 77 before settling on a final of 80 (LINK). He was a 3-star, the #20 safety, and #386 overall in that 2016 class after having an extremely impressive career playing running back and safety.

With future 1st round draft pick Jabrill Peppers entrenched as the starting Viper in 2016, Hudson came in and played a backup safety and special teams role as a true freshman, making 8 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup, and 2 blocked punts. With the perfect build and combination of athletic traits for that hybrid spot, Hudson slid pretty seamlessly into the Viper spot in 2017, making 82 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 9 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles. He seemed to be heading for an excellent career, but his junior season was disappointing: 44 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 pass breakup, and 2 more blocked punts. His 2019 season produced 101 tackles but only 3 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and and 3 pass breakups.

237 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 2 interceptions (for 22 yards), 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 16 pass breakups, 5 blocked punts

2nd Team All-Big Ten (2019, coaches)
3rd Team All-Big Ten (2019, media)
Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (2017-2018, coaches; 2018, media)

Hudson has very good career statistics with 237 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and 2 interceptions. He had a season with 18.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. He had a season with 101 tackles. He had 5 career blocked punts. And yet it seemed like he stagnated. After a standout sophomore year when a lot of people started to say he was better than Peppers, the next two seasons just didn’t have a lot of flash plays. The tackles numbers went up his senior year, but he totaled just 7 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 0 interceptions during his final two campaigns.

Khaleke Hudson at McKeesport High School (image via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

…his ridiculous high school highlight film. If recruits were graded based on how awesome their highlights are, Hudson would have easily been a 5-star. It’s what led to a lot of people clamoring for him to play running back in college.

The strength and athleticism that have been on display since high school were once again apparent at the NFL Combine last week when he ran a 4.57 forty and bench pressed 225 lbs. 30 times, which was the best among his position group. He also had a 33″ vertical and a 10’0″ broad jump. Unfortunately, his on-the-field play hasn’t been as impressive as his athletic feats. Not only is he a tweener at 5’10” and 224 lbs., but his skills make him an awkward fit in space against NFL players. I think he will get drafted in the 6th or 7th round based on athletic potential, but he’s going to have to make a big impact on special teams.