Will FSU’s Rodney Hudson’s College Success Translate in NFL?

March 31, 2011 | Brian Billick

Florida State lineman, Rodney Hudson, was a unanimous firs team All-American and is quite possibly the most decorated lineman in ACC history.  When I evaluate him as a prospect, I tend to believe that he can be just as successful in the NFL.  Hudson’s size of 6’2 3/8 and only 299 pounds at the combine, is really my only true concern.

Hudson has an excellent week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.  He dominated in one-on-one pass protection drills, and shined in the 11-on-11 team sessions throughout the week of practice.  He has tremendously quick and nimble feet that continue to chop while engaged with a defender.  While his quick feet are impressive, his hands are even faster.  He shot his hand inside on the numbers first every time, giving himself a total advantage off the snap of the ball.  He uses those inside hands to control the defender and influence him opposite the direction of the play.  Hudson also shows great field awareness in the interior stunt game that defensive lineman use to throw off timing and traditional blocking schemes.  He stuns one defender to pass him off to either the center or tackle, and is always in position to block the next defender that flashes in his gap.  I would like to see him work on his balance and fight the urge to bend at the waist.  He also needs to become more comfortable getting to the second level and maintain that same athleticism that he shows on the line of scrimmage.

Like the other top interior lineman in this draft, Hudson has the versatility to play both guard and center in the NFL.  With his overall body of work and skill-set, I think he be a great value pick for a team in the late second round.