When it comes to undrafted free agents looking for the right path, Kha’Darel Hodge is one to model after.
No, I’m not talking about Hodge’s modelling career, that was just a bad pun. What I am talking about is a small (tiny?) school guy who came into the league as an undrafted free agent, grinded his way onto an NFL practice squad, and resiliently fighting his way onto the Los Angeles Rams’ 53-man active roster for 14 weeks of his rookie season.
The potential to make the roster for a second year running is very attainable for Hodge. As it stands, there are likely four locks for the Rams’ wide receiver depth chart: Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, and Josh Reynolds. That leaves one or two spots open for guys who can contribute on special teams. KR/PR JoJo Natson may have a head start on one roster spot as he poses a threat as a return specialist, though Hodge is not one to sleep on as his skills as a gunner and trick-play specialist were evident in 2018.
Barring any serious injuries, much isn’t expected from Hodge in 2018 as the top four receivers are firmly locked into their roles. Making the 53-man roster should be the goal heading into the 2019 season.
Chances of making the final roster (5.5/10)
Hodge has a decent shot to make the roster. It’ll likely come down to whether the Rams decide to roster five or six receivers. If they go with five, Hodge could very well land on the practice squad, though he’s got the inside track for the sixth receiver job if that’s the route the Rams choose.