2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Rodney Hudson
It’s no wonder that Rodney Hudson had such a fantastic Senior Bowl. It’s because he’s from Mobile, Alabama, where he played at B.C. Rain High School. Hudson was an All-State offensive guard and defensive tackle for his last two years at B.C. Rain, but was still only considered to be a three star recruit.
He ultimately selected to play for Bobby Bowden, rather than going to West Virginia, who was recruiting him heavily for their zone blocking scheme. Hudson played left tackle, left guard, and center while at Florida State, showing his excellent versatility.
Player Name: Rodney Hudson
Position: Offensive Guard/Center
School: Florida State
Height: 6’2 1/4
Arm: 32 1/2
Hand: 9 3/8
The more I watch Rodney Hudson play, the more I can appreciate the impact he made for the Seminoles. Hudson is very strong for his size, and is also very quick. While he struggled with bigger nose tackles, and run stuffing defensive tackles, he was extremely effective in pass protection. Even when he did struggle, he found a way to beat the defender with his mind. He used his excellent intelligence to notice lineman trends, and found ways to shut them down. He comes up out of his stance quickly, and mirrors his defender, and gets to the second level quickly in the run game against smaller lineman. He has excellent intangibles and is best noted for his exceptional leadership skills. Hudson does a nice job anchoring down, and keeping his hands on the inside of his defender.
Hudson’s playing weight at Florida State was a between 275 and 285 for his four seasons. But he put on a bit more weight and showed up at the Senior Bowl at a very fit 291, and showed that he didn’t lose his speed. Still, 291 pounds for a guard is a bit worrisome and he may fit into the zone blocking scheme a bit more, unless he makes the full time switch to center, which he has experience playing. While he’s strong for his size, he doesn’t have elite strength, and will struggle against bigger NFL defensive tackles, but he does have the speed to keep up with the quicker penetrating defenders. Hudson doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses, however, and that’s what makes him so special.
Hudson has first round talent, but the guard/center position isn’t one that’s drafted highly. There are a number of teams who could groom him to play center full time, including Seattle, Kansas City, New Orleans, and Chicago (behind aging Kruetz). But he may slip to the second round to a team like Cincinnati, Buffalo, Arizona, and Washington.
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