Khari Willis is the second Michigan State defender to be selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Willis heard his name called early on Saturday afternoon, going in the fourth round to the Indianapolis Colts at No. 109 overall. He joins former teammate Justin Layne, who was a late third-round selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Willis has earned a reputation as a strong team leader and exceptional motor. He also has a great nose for the football and is capable of making big plays in the secondary.
Last season, Willis totaled 84 tackles for Michigan State, ranking third on the team. He also broke up 10 passes and had two interceptions while appearing in all 13 games.
Scouts seem to find limitations with Willis’ speed and athleticism, a big reason why he was a fourth-round pick rather than a late second-round selection, as some may have predicted early.
The Michigan native will have a short drive to his new home in Indianapolis, where he hopes to carve out a role in the Colts’ secondary.