Both new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio are former NFL linebackers. On Saturday, they invested a fifth-round pick in one.
Washington added Michigan's Khaleke Hudson with the 162nd pick in the draft, the Redskins' second fifth-round selection, He's the second defensive player the Redskins have drafted this year.
As a senior for the Wolverines, Hudson led all Michigan defenders with 102 tackles. He was a three-year starter during his tenure in Ann Arbor and a three-time member of the All-Big Ten team.
Although his official position is linebacker, Hudson played in what they call the "viper" spot at Michigan. In short, it's basically a safety that plays close to the line of scrimmage but has the ability to cover tight ends and any receiver out of the backfield.
Simply put, he can play all over the field.
Khaleke Hudson can play all over the field.
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Since taking over as head coach, Rivera has added a bunch of players that are extremely versatile. Signing players that have the ability to play multiple positions was a theme that surrounded Washington in free agency, and it seems to have carried over to the draft.
Hudson's role at Michigan required him to be all over the field. With the ability to play multiple positions, the Redskins might have found themselves an impactful defender in the fifth round.
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