Rodney Hudson

Rodney Hudson scouting report

Rodney Hudson OG Florida State
Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 299

Strengths:
Four-year starter. Experience at guard and center. Looks very good in pass protection. Quick feet and good fundamentals makes up for lack of elite strength. Has the quickness to get to the second level at times.
Weaknesses:
Undersized; bulked up prior to draft but played around 285 pounds for much of his career. Lacks the strength to be a dominant run blocker. Doesn’t finish off any blocks.
Comments:
Hudson is a very fundamentally sound and versatile lineman, however, he may simply lack the strength to play at the next level. He’s done a great job adding weight in the offseason, but if he can’t keep the weight on and maintain his quickness and fundamentals then he won’t be a starter at the next level. He’s a perfect example of a boom-or-bust prospect – I wouldn’t be shocked if he develops into a Pro Bowl and I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s nothing more than a very mediocre backup.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

Most intriguing battles at the Senior Bowl

Von Miller vs Ryan Kerrigan
There aren’t many elite 3-4 pass rushers in this year’s draft class, which is typically one of the most sought-after positions early in the draft. Both Miller and Kerrigan are capable of playing outside in the 3-4 scheme and a number of teams could be in the market for them in the 1st round. Both players grade out very close and this could be an opportunity for one to get the upper hand.

Jake Locker vs Ricky Stanzi
Talent-wise, there’s no comparing Locker and Stanzi (Locker wins easily). Production-wise there’s also no comparing them (Stanzi wins easily). If Locker plays up to his full potential, this should be his opportunity to reclaim his consensus 1st-round grade. However, if he is out-played by Stanzi – who plays with a similar style and has a comparable skill set – Locker is almost certain to fall out of the 1st round.

Gabe Carimi vs Anthony Castonzo vs DeMarcus Love
Do we have a left tackle in this group? All three are fringe 1st-round prospects and what holds them back is the question about their position. None of the three have the elite athleticism you look for in a left tackle, but all three had productive careers on the left side in college. Seeing all three on the same field will help clear up the picture as to who has a legitimate case to be a 1st-round pick.

Mike Pouncey vs Ben Ijalana vs Rodney Hudson
Who is the top interior lineman in Mobile? Entering this week I give a slight edge to Ijalana, but we have yet to see him face elite competition. With a solid week Ijalana could become a potential 1st-round prospect, much like Mike Iupati used the Senior Bowl as a spring board last year. However, Pouncey and Hudson will have that same opportunity. All three have different body builds and are very different players, making this an interesting competition to watch. [updated: Mike Pouncey has elected not to participate].

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft 1 Comment