Player Profile – C/G Rodney Hudson

Second-round draft choice Rodney Hudson, Florida State University

FAMILY BUSINESS

Born – July 12, 1989 in Mobile, Alabama.

Family – Parents are Robert and Kathleen Hudson. His parents are divorced. Dad is an officer on the Mobile Police Department. He has two brothers, one older, one younger.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 6-feet, 2½ inches.
  • Weight – 299 pounds.
  • Arms – 32½ inches.
  • Hands – 9¼ inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 5.27 seconds.
  • 20-yard dash – 3.01 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.76 seconds.
  • Bench press – 27 repetitions at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 25½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 7-feet, 11 inches.

Coming out of high school in Mobile, Hudson ran a 5.2 in the 40-yard dash; bench pressed 315 pounds, did 415 pounds in the squat and was measured at 28 inches in the vertical jump.

HIGH SCHOOL

Hudson graduated with the class of 2007 at B.C. Rain High School in Mobile, Alabama.

He started for four seasons for the Raiders, the last three years for head coach Andy Shamburger. He was 14 years old when he made his first start at LT for RHS. On his first day of practice as a high school freshman, he was playing on the defensive line. On the second day of practice, he was shifted to LT.

His number 73 was retired by the school at ceremonies on January 28, 2011 (pictured left.)

FOOTBALL

2006 – He started all 10 games as the Raiders went 4-6 and Hudson was named first-team All-State for the second consecutive season.

2005 – Hudson started all 12 games as RHS went 7-5 and was the District 5A-1 winner. Hudson was selected first-team All-State for the first time. He started on the defensive line for the first time.

2004 – The Raiders went 3-7 and Hudson started nine of the 10 games. He had his first snaps on defense in this season.

2003 – As a freshman, Hudson started at LT and Rain High went 11-2 and lost in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs to Briarwood 13-12.

RECRUITING

Most of the recruiting services listed Hudson as a three-star recruit and he received scholarship offers from Florida State, West Virginia, Alabama, Louisville, Mississippi, South Florida and Southern Mississippi. He committed to West Virginia because of his relationship with Rick Trickett, the offensive line coach for the Mountaineers. But when Trickett took the offensive line coaching job with Florida State before the 2007season, Hudson followed him there. He signed on with the Seminoles on January 31, 2007.

COLLEGE

By the time his career was completed, Hudson was the most decorated offensive lineman in conference history. He played his first three seasons for head coach Bobby Bowden and finished up playing for Jimbo Fisher in his senior season in 2010.

Over his time with the Seminoles he missed two games due to injury. He spent most of his time at Florida State playing at left guard, and was several times called into action at left tackle because of injuries. He never played a down at center, although he practiced at center all season.

2010 – Hudson started all 14 games at left guard, giving him a total of 48 starts in his career. He played 904 snaps and led the team with 48 knockdown blocks. He was penalized once and had four missed assignments. Finalist for the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman, he won the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Award as the conference best offensive lineman and was first-team All-ACC for the third year in a row. He started in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl, his fourth bowl game start in his career.

2009 – Won the ACC Jacobs Blocking Award as the conference’s most dominant offensive lineman. The honor was voted on by the ACC head coaches and defensive coordinators. He was second-team All-America and was first-team All-ACC for the second consecutive season. Started 11 games, he missed the final two games of the ’09 season because of a knee sprain. He was able to get back to start the Gator Bowl against West Virginia. He was penalized twice and had four missed assignments with 38 knockdown blocks.

2008 – He started all 13 games at left guard and earned first-team All-ACC honors. Hudson saw a streak of 1,024 snaps without a penalty end when the Seminoles played Virginia Tech; he was flagged for a false start. He led the team with 64 knockdown blocks and only 8 missed assignments in 893 snaps

2007 – Hudson started 10 games at LG and LT. Earned second-team All-ACC honors for the first time. He started the season as a LG and closed the season as starter at LT. He was not penalized during the entire season and had five missed assignments and was credited with 15 knockdown blocks.

 

Season

 

G

 

S

 

Plays

Missed

Assignments

Penalties

Against

Sacks

Allowed

Knock

Downs

2010

14

14

904

4

1

0

48

2009

11

11

715

4

2

0

38

2008

13

13

893

8

1

.5

64

2007

13

10

708

5

0

1

15

Totals

51

48

3,220

21

4

1.5

165

EVALUATION FOR PRO FOOTBALL

Strengths – An absolute pillar for the Florida State team, offense and particularly the offensive line. A starter for all four seasons, he was remarkable in how few mistakes he made. Considered undersized even for college football at 285 pounds, Hudson excelled as a text book blocker, using his hands, and especially his feet, maintained leverage and almost never put his body in a bad position. Comes off the snap with a good blow, but does not have a powerful enough lower body to lock on and shove people around. As a pass blocker, he has quick feet and good lateral agility, matched with strong hands. Pulls and traps well and has good enough speed that he can get out in front of the runner.

Weaknesses – No matter how much he weight he’s put on over the last few months, going from 285 pounds to 310 pounds, and back down to 300 pounds, he couldn’t add enough weight to his lower body and behind to be able to anchor against an opponent. He also has relatively short arms and that doesn’t help when trying to wrestle in pass coverage with opponents 60 pounds heavier. He often finds himself on the ground when out in space, as he lacks overall good balance.

Analysis – A talented young man, who has enough athletic ability, intelligence and heart to play a long time in the NFL. A very quiet young man, he became a more vocal team leader as a senior, because that’s what was needed for the Seminoles last year. As a person, he’s an All-Pro and any team would love to have him. As a player, he needs to work hard at getting stronger, especially in his lower body. But the best part of that is his work ethic may be the No. 1 element of his personality.

WHAT THE SCOUTS SAY

A scout for an AFC team said – “After (Mike) Pouncey, Hudson is the best center/guard available in this draft. He’s a little bit of a throwback because he’s not a huge guy like so many teams have out there these days. If he plays center, he will have trouble when a nose lines up right on top of him.”

An offensive line coach for an NFC team said – “Great kid, but he’s not big enough. I think he’ll get overwhelmed physically and will need too much help. He should be better in space than he’s shown.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY

Former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden – “He’s been our most outstanding lineman since he first started and he keeps getting better and better. He’s a quiet leader, very much like Charlie Ward was. He doesn’t say much but he leads by his actions, on and off the field. He deserves it.”

Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett – “Rodney was a different guy. He had all those work ethic things about him when he didn’t have to have them in the situation he was in. So I knew there was something different about this kid.”

Florida State QB Christian Ponder – “He’s definitely the best player on the team. He hardly says a word but goes out and takes care of business. He’s a guy that never makes mistakes.”

WHAT HE SAYS

“If somebody is slacking off, I try to say something: ‘Hey, you know you can do better. I’ve never been much of a talker — hootin’ and hollerin’ and whatnot.”

“It’s all about the work. That’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re supposed to work hard. You can always get better at something. Nobody’s perfect. Probably nobody will ever play a perfect game. So you can always get better at something. So I’m always working.”


One Response to “Player Profile – C/G Rodney Hudson”

  • May 3, 2011  - Tim says:

    Reminds me a little of Will Shields when he was coming out of Nebraska.




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