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Hudson entered his senior season having already earned All-American honors, the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC's best offensive lineman and a streak of effectiveness (1.5 sacks allowed, one penalty received in 34 starts) that rivaled any player at his position in the country.
Hudson was just as good as a senior, drawing one flag all season and becoming just the 11th player in ACC history to win his second Jacobs' Blocking Trophy.
Despite his hype, Hudson might not be the NFL prospect that his All-American career at Florida State would seem to forecast. At only 6-3, 285 pounds, Hudson is well-suited to Florida State's wide-open offense, which places a premium on athletic and quick offensive linemen, rather than blockers with size and/or strength. Hudson's limited frame might mean he'll be asked to move inside to center. Hudson has experience at center if he is asked to make the transition. His 47 career starts for the Seminoles all came at guard, but Hudson did see time at center and even left tackle. With his agility, balance and intelligence, he's capable of handling any of the three interior positions and could be a star if placed into a zone-blocking offense.
Pass blocking: Quick out of his stance. Good lateral agility to remain squarely in front of his assignment. Strong, active hands to latch on and ride the defender. Despite his natural leverage advantage, has a tendency to bend at the waist and lean into defenders. Senses when his opponent is leaning and has the leverage and core strength to turn and knock him to the ground. Good, not great agility for the quick cut-block. Cognizant, aggressive blocker that quickly reacts to stunts. Doesn't back down from a fight against much bigger defenders.
Run blocking: Provides an initial pop at the line of scrimmage, but doesn't have the mass or power to knock NFL defenders off the ball. Relies on his quickness and technique to turn and seal off defenders from the hole. Works hard to sustain. Isn't incredibly fluid getting to and blocking at the second level.
Pulling/trapping: Good trap blocker. Has a burst off the snap. Good discipline to allow the defender inside sufficiently, before turning and controlling him for the effective trap. Good initial quickness off the snap to get out and pull. Has good straight-line speed to lead the back, but struggles re-directing in the open field. Only average body control and balance when blocking on the move. Spends too much time on the ground.
Initial Quickness: One of his better attributes. Good initial quickness off the snap to control bigger, stronger defenders. Can match the defender in pass protection, showing good lateral agility and balance, as well as the active, strong hands to latch on and sustain. Relies on his quickness and good technique to be effective in the running game. Consistently beats his opponent to the spot as an inline blocker, though his lack of power and size allows him only a few seconds before he loses control of his assignment.
Downfield: Gets to the second level quickly, but doesn't possess elite balance to re-direct. Will lunge when working in space, resulting in some impressive knockdown blocks, but also in a few whiffs. To his credit, is never on the ground for very long. Plays to and sometimes through the whistle, flashing a nasty demeanor. Hustles downfield.
Intangibles: Highly respected by coaches, teammates and fans. Had 47 career starts. Highly touted prep prospect signed with FSU over Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, West Virginia and South Florida among others.
A unanimous first team All-American in 2010, Hudson also landed on the first team All-ACC squad for the third straight year and is just the seventh player in league history to earn All-ACC honors all four years of his career. The offensive guard is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2009, 2010), becoming just the 11th player in ACC history to claim that award twice. Hudson was also a finalist for the Outland Trophy this season and was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice this season and eight times in his career, tying for the most in league history. In his four years at Florida State Hudson started 47 games and this year graded out at 87 percent with 44 knockdown blocks. He was only penalized once in 832 offensive snaps this season. Hudson is a four-year starter for the Seminoles and the most decorated offensive linemen in ACC history.
Posted team-high season average grade of 88 over 11 starts after missing final two games with knee sprain...injury ended streak of 28 consecutive starts...returned to the starting lineup in the Gator Bowl as the Seminoles rolled up 415 total yards in the win over West Virginia..strung together four consecutive games with grades of 90 or higher, including a pair of 97s against ACC champion Georgia Tech and runner-up Clemson...did not allow a sack or quarterback pressure all season...penalized only twice and charged with four missed assignments on year.
One of the top offensive guards in America in just his second season in Tallahassee...an ACSMA/AP All-ACC first team selection...named first team All-ACC by Rivals.com and Phil Steele...a three-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Hudson garnered that honor more than any other offensive lineman in the ACC...has garnered an ACC Player of the Week honor four times in his first two seasons at FSU...named a Rivals mid-season All-American...winner of the leadership award for the offense at the team award dinner...also the sophomore class academic award winner for the offense...received the top overall grade on the offensive line five times...graded out second on the line four other times giving him a top two grade in nine of 13 games.
Received the top grade overall or in run or pass blocking 16 times as a sophomore...ranked as the team's best run blocker or pass blocker 11 times...led the team with seven pins and 64 knockdowns...missed just eight assignments...the lowest number on the team missing just one assignment per 112 plays...led all linemen in plays with 893...whistled for the first penalty of his career (false start) versus Virginia Tech...a streak that covered 1,024 snaps and 20 games from his true freshman season...also went sixteen games between allowing a sack...allowed a sack in the first start of his true freshman season in 2007 versus Clemson (9/3) and then allowed ˝ a sack versus Virginia Tech on October 25, 2008...has played center once and also was slated to start at tackle in the pre-season before youth along the line forced him back to his most dominant position.
The Seminoles' top offensive lineman in 2007...named a first team freshman All-American by College Football News, an AON/FWAA Freshman All-American and an honorable mention freshman All-American by The Sporting News...an All-ACC second team selection, a Phil Steele All-ACC third team pick and an All-ACC freshman team selection by The Sporting News and Rivals...named to the Miami Herald All-Florida Team...true freshman from Mobile, AL started the first game of the season but didn't fully settle into a starting role until the Alabama game...in the final eight games of the season he graded out either first or second in all of those games...had the best grade on the team six times (Alabama, Wake, BC, Maryland, Florida and Kentucky)...posted a grade of 80% or better in four of his final eight games including an astonishing grade of 89% versus Florida and an 85% in the Music City Bowl...a right guard, who started at tackle versus Kentucky, missed only five assignments all season, allowed only one sack and he had 14 knockdowns in the last five games...the freshman was not flagged for a penalty all season and he graded out at 80% or better in passing situations seven times in his final eight games.
PrepStar All-Region…three-star lineman by Rivals.com…rated the 17thbest center in the nation and the 24th-best overall player in Alabama…first team all-state selection as a senior… graded 95% on his blocking with 47 pancakes…also played defense, recording 55 tackles as an interior lineman…ran a 5.2 in the 40-yard dash…benches 315 and squats 415…vertical jump measured at 28 inches…chose FSU over offers from West Virginia, Alabama, Louisville, Mississippi, South Florida and Southern Miss.
Born July 12, 1989.
Draft Scout Player News
11/17/16 - C Rodney Hudson was limited with a knee injury but is expected to face Houston.
10/20/16 - C Rodney Hudson was limited in practice with a knee injury.
09/28/16 - C Rodney Hudson did not practice Wednesday because of a sore knee but is expected to face Baltimore.
09/21/16 - C Rodney Hudson, who missed practice last week but played against Atlanta, is practicing.
09/15/16 - C Rodney Hudson was limited with a knee injury, but is expected to play against Atlanta.
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