Khaleke Hudson - Commanders LB
As previously mentioned, the Washington Commanders didn't get much from their linebacking corps in 2023. Jamin Davis was the only genuine model of consistency and should improve further under Dan Quinn's guidance. Aside from that, it was underwhelming at best.
There was hope that Khaleke Hudson could make another leap forward after shining during the preseason. Despite these increased expectations, Ron Rivera opted to not use the second-level presence on the defensive rotation over the first five games. This ensured any momentum surrounding the player was lost at a critical time.
Hudson deserves credit for bouncing back and putting together a decent campaign overall. He logged 74 tackles, one sack, five tackles for loss, and two passes defended from just 35 percent of the Commanders' snaps on defense. It wasn't perfect, but there's something in the former fifth-round selection that could warrant another look.
One thing Quinn is known for above all else is bringing more out of his players. He knows what makes the modern-day athlete tick. He knows how to put them in the best possible positions to thrive. This could be the catalyst that unlocks Hudson's true potential.
This would need to involve a new contract. Perhaps Hudson would be willing to accept a short-term deal with the promise of more to come if the Michigan product thrives with Quinn leading the charge.