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Prospect Profiles: Rodney Hudson

RODNEY HUDSON, OG, Florida State

Triangle Numbers: 6-2, 282, 5.15

SCOUTING REPORTS:

Draft Countdown:

• Terrific athleticism, quickness, agility and balance
• Natural knee bender w/ nimble feet to slide / mirror
• Polished technician w/ excellent hand use and footwork
• Has a superb understanding of positioning and angles
• Great range to pull, work in space and reach 2nd level
• Adequate push and generates movement in run game
• Good leverage and surprisingly stout at point out attack
• Fantastic football IQ with elite instincts / awareness
• Active with a non-stop motor and plays to the whistle
• Very competitive and a tough guy with great strength
• Versatile and is capable of playing multiple positions
• Smart with a fabulous work ethic leadership abilities
• A ton of experience against high-quality competition

Weaknesses:
• Lacks height / bulk with short arms and small hands
• Not overly powerful or especially dominant physically
• Might not be an ideal fit for every team or situation
• History of knee issues and minor durability concerns

NFLMocks:

Pros:

When Florida State coaches talk about Hudson they always reference his leadership ability.  He shows up every day and works hard to improve.  He pushes his teammates to work harder and improve and that is the kind of player NFL teams want in their locker room.  In pass protection Hudson does a good job at setting his base and keeping balance.  He doesn’t allow stronger defensive players to push him around and holds strong against the bull rush.  He has extremely quick feet which allows him to mirror defensive players and keep them in front of him.  He uses good technique and his football IQ to open holes for the running backs.  He doesn’t take false steps and often beats defenders to the point keeping himself in great position.

Cons:

Size is the biggest concern right now for NFL scouts. At 6-2 277 he will be undersized at both the guard and tackle positions.  He also doesn’t possess the greatest strength so there is the fear that the bigger defensive linemen will able to control him at the point of attack.  A lot of NFL teams are employing the 3-4 defensive scheme and with that comes massive nose tackles.  Hudson will need to get stronger in order to push the nose tackles off the blocks and out of running lanes.

Thoughts:

Hudson has the intangibles to overcome his size concerns.  He is a great leader and a hard worker and should improve every year.  NFL teams that are looking for a more athletic interior lineman will be thrilled to select Hudson.  The concerns about his size and strength are warranted but shouldn’t result in a major drop for Hudson come draft day.

Projected Round:

Right now Hudson is in the 2nd round range

NFLGridIronGab:

Strengths: A very good athlete for an offensive lineman- as good as you’ll find at any level. Consistently wins the snap of the ball and gets low inside hand placement to win leverage in run support. Extremely agile when releasing laterally and can quickly reach the second level to pick off defenders; readjusts well in space and finds the loose man.

A finisher and consistently plays to the whistle. Knows when to initiate a cut block and does it cleanly in space. Very good on pulls towards the outside and immediately gets underneath the defender- seals the corner. Quick and efficient when setting in pass protection, widening base and extending arms while staying on his toes. Good awareness of coverage and was seen calling out protection checks. Stamina holds steady for four quarters. Very disciplined in his technique, no holding or false start calls in games I observed. Has been a mainstay on the offensive line since his freshman year. Two time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy.

Needs Improvement: Lacks size and can get overpowered by a strong inside bull rush in pass protection. Will overextend at the waist at times and lunge to catch a defender, leaving him unbalanced. Has trouble driving lineman back on straight ahead blocks in run support. Strength/size must improve to maintain level of play even in a similar blocking scheme. Handles speed much better than pure size and strength.

Bottom Line: Rodney Hudson would’ve been one of my top two lineman had he chosen to declare for the draft last year. He’s an extremely impressive prospect athletically and always has his head in the game- he doesn’t lose focus. All Hudson lacks is pure size and strength to be as complete a lineman as you could ask for at the NFL level. His athleticism and football IQ jump out at you and he should continue to be a mainstay in a similar zone blocking scheme at the next level. If Hudson is able to add 10-15 pounds to his frame, he’ll become a perennial Pro Bowler in the NFL, and may become one anyway with continued effort on technique consistency. I really enjoyed evaluating Rodney Hudson the past two seasons.


Draft Projection:
Mid 2nd to early 3rd round.

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Athletic… Heady, good awareness… Usually plays with good overall technique and knee bend… Quick hands, uses his hands reasonably well… Possesses very solid playing strength… Good initial quickness, fires out of his stance… Good agility, very solid footwork… Carries his pads reasonably well… Good run blocker… Keeps feet moving on contact… Plays reasonably low and with good leverage… Does a good job on pulls and traps… Gets to the second level quickly… Takes good angles… Does a good job keeping his feet underneath him… Good flexibility and body control… Breaks down well and does a very good job blocking in space… Good pass protector… Solid knee bender… Sets up quickly… Good lateral mobility and slide… Re-directs reasonably well… Reacts quickly to stunts and blitzes… Excellent and consistent hand placement, always keeps his hands inside… Good awareness, keeps head on a swivel… Keeps his feet driving throughout his blocks… Works hard to finish his assignments, determined, consistently gives his best effort… Gets and maintains good leverage… Good mental and physical toughness… Refuses to be dominated… Good fit in ZBS as Guard.

Negatives: Serious size limitations especially at Guard, undersized, needs to bulk up 12-20 lbs… Shorter than ideal arm length… Inconsistent technique… Needs to improve overall playing strength a little… Doesn’t possess a great anchor and will get pushed back at times… Bends at the waist, leans into some blocks… Plays with his head down too much, allows taller defenders over the top… Doesn’t hold up especially well to bull rushers… Missed a couple games in 2009 with knee injury

VIDEO:

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

He’s probably too small for guard, but as a center of the future, you could do a lot worse than Rodney Hudson. Athletic, hard worker, smart, good footwork, he’s just a bit small for guard. Ideally, a guard should be 6-4. You can live with 6-3. He’s 6-2. So he’ll probably have to move to center. But, that’s okay. He’s going to be a very good center. Can get him in either 2nd or 3rd. I would be very happy if the Giants ended up with Hudson. Will he the impact Maurkice Pouncey did? No. But, Hudson will be a starter for 10-12 years, and be a very good one.

OT

Gabe Carimi

OL Anthony Castanzo


CB

Brandon Harris

Jimmy Smith

TE

Kyle Rudolph

LB

Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

Bruce Carter North Carolina

Greg Jones, Michigan State

Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada

RB

Mark Ingram

DeMarco Murray

DL

Aldon Smith


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7 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Rodney Hudson”

  1. Steve B. says:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/09/report-shaun-rogers-among-browns-cuts/

    DT Shaun Rodgers was Cut from the Browns, Giants possibility?

    I think the Giants will make an offer to Barry Cofield, but I highly belive so will other teams, and Giants wont break the bank for Cofield, and he will be off somewhere else.

    With that said, We will have Canty, Rocky Bernard, Linval Joesph. Who knows if Bernard is coming back, and we havent really seen much of Joesph, so I am not going to write him off, he is just a question-mark at this time.

    Bringing in a guy like Shaun Rodgers does make some sense, but he does have some off the field concerns.

  2. Adam Y says:

    Idk if the giants would pick up Rodgers. He had his best years as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense and i dont see him fitting into a 4-3. Also he’s starting to get up there in age (…injuries) and seen as hes been to the pro bowl multiple times hes going to want a big check “for what he’s worth” . IF the giants get a deal they might sign him

    • Adam Y.

      Rodgers played well for the Lions as a 4-3 DT for anumber of years before being moved to the Browns.

      I’d worry about his age, but not the schematic fit

      • Adam Y says:

        i was also thinking that hes a perfect 3-4 guy (bleeping huge) and could take away the run. He could do so in a 4-3 also but it seems like P. Fewell is making this defense a quick one, kinda like Indy, do you think Rodgers could keep up with the pace? Or would he be a situational player (i.e. 1st and 2nd down)? I almost guarantee he wants to be paid as an every down player.

  3. Adam Y says:

    And can you do a profile of Mike Pouncey from florida? could he end up like his brother?

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