With the 55th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select the Florida State All-American center…Rodney Hudson.
Despite the success the Kansas City Chiefs had in 2010 in the running game, the offensive line had question marks. Was Brian Waters going to return? Would Casey Wiegmann return? Even if Casey returned, wouldn’t he be retiring soon? What about the right tackle spot?
With all those question marks, the Chiefs had to pick up a quality lineman in the draft. They chose Rodney Hudson. But was Hudson worth the pick? If he is not ready this year, can he be ready by next year? Can he help the Chiefs?
Rodney Hudson has come to Kansas City at a time when Chiefs fans and Chiefs players are learning what it takes to be successful again: A team that is learning the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to build a championship, an offensive unit that is setting a foundation, curing it, so as to be ready to support the heavy load that will be…a championship. Pic Source
Rodney Hudson just might be the right guy for the job. Maybe.
Rodney Hudson appears to be a guy who can play multiple positions. Need him at center…that’s what he does. Need him at guard…no problem. Rodney Hudson just might be one of those guys that coaches refer to as…”a player”.
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Hudson has come into the NFL and established himself as a decent pass protector, thus far in the preseason. In the last two games, Rodney’s average grade was 90.5% with a power score of +0. That means the guy doesn’t make a lot of mistakes…and he has only played 4 preseason games.
But at this point, Hudson is like many of the offensive lineman that try and break into the NFL after being a success in college. Many offensive lineman excel at one phase of the game and end up being liabilities, in others. The Chiefs own Barry Richardson is going through just such growing pains.
In the past two preseason games, Rodney Hudson has averaged a 69% run blocking grade and a -3 power blocking score. Those aren’t numbers to write home about. Can Rodney keep the fire burning enough to fight through the transition to the NFL running game and NFL defensive lineman?
At this point Rodney Hudson is a success story. A player that has come into the NFL with skills that coaches can groom and nurture. But he hasn’t reached the complete player stage yet. At this point in his young career he is a good pass protector and a liability in the run game.
Here is hoping that Rodney Hudson is able and willing to do what it takes to take that next step.
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