Khari Willis

Michigan State

Prospect Info

College
Michigan State
Hometown
Class
MI
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
213 lbs
31”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.30
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Indianapolis
Colts
Round 4 ‧ Pick 7
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.52u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Willis was named the Ann Arbor News Michigan High School Player of the Year in 2014 as a running back after he covered nearly 3,000 yards on the ground and scored 31 touchdowns. He didn't end up at Ann Arbor for college, signing with Sparty. Willis started 3 of 9 games played as a true freshman (11 tackles), but his season ended before the Big Ten Championship Game due to a broken foot. He started one game in 2016, making 30 tackles in 11 contests overall. An opening occurred in MSU's secondary for 2017, and Willis took advantage. He garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten honors that season, accumulating 71 tackles, 5.5 for loss, four sacks, two interceptions, and three pass breakups. He repeated his honorable mention all-conference performance as a senior, posting 84 tackles, two interceptions, and 10 pass breakups in 13 starts for the Spartans.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
Overview
Team leader known for his leadership and work ethic, Willis has been a reliable performer with a good nose for the football. However, he's an average athlete with below-average speed who needs to keep plays in front of him, so finding a roster spot on the next level could be a challenge. His high football character and consistent effort level, give him a shot at finding work as a backup with special teams value .
Strengths
  • Praised for exceptional character
  • Good size with compact build and desired play strength
  • Plays with consistent motor and effort all game long
  • Runs the alley with accurate map to the ball carrier
  • Reliable and plays under control
  • Reads quarterback's eyes for early indicators in coverage
  • Sees the entire field from deep safety
  • Handled some slot cover duties in sub-packages
  • Good awareness from short zone and responds quickly to throws
Weaknesses
  • Below-average athlete lacking explosiveness
  • Top-end speed is a concern
  • Struggles to range over the top from deep zone
  • Slow to open hips and sprint with early speed
  • Tight strider with below-average burst to close
  • Limited lateral agility to maintain man coverage
  • Very modest ball production
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league