Film Study: Khalil Ladler

Matt DeBary takes a look at IMG DB Khalil Ladler's film.

When watching Khalil Ladler’s film, the thing I noticed the most was how many plays he made on special teams. Whether he was returning a punt for big yardage, blocking a punt, or executing some sort of trick play, Ladler proved he can have an instant impact on special teams. When he has the ball, he does a good job of eluding tacklers. He is more quick than fast, but he does an excellent job running behind his blockers when given a chance to return a kick or an interception.

At corner, Ladler showed good footwork and excellent instincts. He was never fooled by the offense, and always made sure he was in the right spot to make a play. He has the ability to come up with a big hit, but I would like to see him wrap up a little better. He closes on the ball well, and uses his athletic ability to get off blocks from opposing receivers. On film I wasn’t able to really see him cover, as the opposing team either ran the ball or threw it to the other side of the field. Ladler had a good game at the rising seniors game back in December, but he didn’t have quite the game that Nigel Warrior had. Ladler has good hands, and he covers well, but I have not seen him make as many big game changing plays as I would like.

Overall, from the limited film that I saw, I think Ladler is a good player. He can make an immediate impact on special teams the minute he arrives on campus, but there is a reason why Ladler will most likely be able to pick the school of his choice. He isn’t the biggest guy, but on film it looked like he plays much bigger. Again, good hands, good coverage skills, but I most of the highlights I saw on him were on special teams. Good player that should end up having a productive career.


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