Rodney Hudson

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Rodney Hudson
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Hudson with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014
No. 61 Oakland Raiders
Position: Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-07-12) July 12, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Mobile, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Mobile (AL) Rain
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Games played: 80
Games started: 64
Player stats at NFL.com

Rodney Hudson (born July 12, 1989) is an American football center for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Florida State University, and was a two-time All-American. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Hudson was born in Mobile, Alabama. He attended B. C. Rain High School in Mobile, where he was a two-way lineman for the Raiders high school football team. He graded out at 95 percent for his entire senior season with a total of 47 pancake blocks, while also being a standout on defense as he recorded 55 tackles as defensive tackle. He earned All-State first team honors as a junior and senior.

Besides his football commitments, Hudson was forced to work nights at a local Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant to support his single mother throughout high school.[1]

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Hudson was listed as the No. 17 center in the nation.[2] He also received a three-star rating by Scout.com, and ranked 45th on their offensive guard list.[3] He selected Florida State over West Virginia and Southern Miss, among others.

College career[edit]

Hudson attended Florida State University, and played for coach Bobby Bowden and coach Jimbo Fisher's Florida State Seminoles football team from 2007 to 2010. As a true freshman in 2007, he started 10 of 13 games at left guard and left tackle. He was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in the Seminoles' victory over the second ranked Boston College. At the end of the season, he earned numerous honors such as a Freshman All-America first-team selection by College Football News and the Football Writers Association of America, and All-ACC third-team honors by Phil Steele. As a sophomore in 2008 Hudson earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week three times. At the end of the season, he earned a first-team All-ACC selection by Rivals.com and Phil Steele.

In 2009, Hudson was listed at No. 2 on Rivals.com's preseason interior lineman power ranking in 2009.[4] Hudson was the winner of the ACC Jacobs Blocking Award as the league's most dominant offensive lineman.[5] He earned FWAA first-team All-American honors and was an Associated Press second-team All-American.[5]

In the 2010 preseason, Hudson was a watch list candidate for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy.[5] In November 2010, he was named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, along with Gabe Carimi and Nate Solder; Carimi won the award.[6] Hudson was a first-team All-ACC selection for the third consecutive season, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.[5][7]

After four years of starting, Hudson left FSU as the most decorated offensive lineman in Seminole history.[8] Hudson was listed as the 24th best player in FSU history by the Orlando Sentinel before his senior season had even been played.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Hudson was graded as the sixth best available offensive guard in the 2011 NFL Draft and projected to be a second to third round pick by Sports Illustrated.[10][11] He was projected to be moved to center, due to his "limited size" and[10] He was ranked as the best Center and the 52nd overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com.[12]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 299 lb 32½ in 9⅜ in 5.31 s 1.90 s 3.12 s 4.96 s 8.03 s 25½ in 7 ft 11 in 27 reps
All values from NFL Combine[13]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Hudson was drafted in the second round, with the 55th overall pick, by the Kansas City Chiefs.[14] He was the highest selected Seminoles offensive lineman since Alex Barron went 19th overall to the St. Louis Rams in 2005.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

2011[edit]

On July 29, 2011, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Hudson to a four-year, $3.50 million contract with a signing bonus of $104,892.[15]

He entered training camp his rookie year competing with veteran Casey Wiegmann for the starting center position.[16] He was named the backup center to Wiegmann to begin the regular season.[17]

He made his regular season debut in the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills. On November 27, 2011, Hudson earned his first career start during a 13-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished his rookie season with 16 games and one start as the Kansas City Chiefs finished 7-9 and fired head coach Todd Haley.

2012[edit]

Hudson entered training camp in 2012, competing with Rob Bruggeman and Cam Holland to be the Chiefs' starting center. Head coach Romeo Crennel named Hudson the starting center to begin the regular season.[18] On September 23, 2012, Hudson suffered a broken leg during the Chief's 27-24 overtime victory against the New Orleans Saints. He was placed on injured-reserve for the remainder of the season three days later and finished his second season with three starts in the first three games.[19]

2013[edit]

Hudson returned in time for training camp and competed with Eric Kush and Tommie Draheim to keep his job as the starting center.[20] The Kansas City Chief's new head coach, Andy Reid, named him the starting center to begin the regular season. Hudson played in all 16 games and started the first 15, helping the Chiefs achieve a 11-5 record.[17]

On January 4, 2014, he started in his first career playoff game and the Kansas City Chiefs were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts 45-44 in the AFC Wildcard Round.

2014[edit]

Hudson entered the 2014 regular season as the Kansas City Chiefs' de facto starter at center. He started all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career and became a free agent after the season.[17] Bleacher Report ranked him the fourth best center of 2014 and Pro Football Focus ranked him the fifth best center.[21]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

2015[edit]

On March 11, 2015, the Oakland Raiders signed Hudson to a five-year, $44.5 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.[15][22][23]

Once he signed with the Oakland Raiders, he became their de facto starting center. He finished his first season with the Raiders giving up only eight pressures and starting 13 games. Hudson missed Weeks 10, 12, and 13 with a sprained right ankle and had Tony Bergstrom fill in.[24][17] Pro Football Focus ranked him the fifth best center in 2015 and graded him as the best pass blocker at center.[25]

2016[edit]

Hudson returned as the Oakland Raiders' starting center in 2016, started all 16 regular season games, and was the only player on the team to play every offensive snap.[26] He was selected to his first Pro Bowl along with fellow Raider's offensive linemen Donald Penn and Kelechi Osemele.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carter, Andrew (September 2, 2010). "Rodney Hudson Florida State: How Florida State's Rodney Hudson became one of the best, and most respected, offensive lineman in college football". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rivals.com offensive centers 2007". January 24, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2009 
  3. ^ "Scout.com Off Guard Ranking". Retrieved August 21, 2009 
  4. ^ Buchanan, Olin; Dienhart, Tom; Fox, David; Huguenin, Mike; Megargee, Steve (August 22, 2009). "Preseason interior lineman power rankings". Rivals.com 
  5. ^ a b c d "Player Bio: Rodney Hudson". Seminoles.com. July 12, 1989. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "2010 Outland Trophy Finalists Announced". FWAA. November 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 12 (2011). Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "Scout.com: 2010 Florida State Preview". Cfn.scout.com. June 2, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Counting down the top 25 football players in Florida State history: No. 24 Rodney Hudson – Chopping Block – Seminoles Blog – Orlando Sentinel". Blogs.orlandosentinel.com. July 7, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Rodney Hudson". CNN. 
  11. ^ "View Draft by Positions". CNN. 
  12. ^ "Rodney Hudson, DS #1 C, Florida State: 2011 NFL Draft". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Rodney Hudson". nfl.com. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ Tucker, Doug (April 29, 2011). "Chiefs Take Center/Guard Rodney Hudson". Associated Press. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Sportrac.com: Rodney Hudson contract". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Ourlads.com: Kansas City Chief's Depth Chart: 08/31/2011". ourlads.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b c d "NFL Player Profile: Rodney Hudson". NFL.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Ourlads.com: Kansas City Chief's Depth Chart: 08/01/2012". ourlads.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  19. ^ Marc Sesseler (September 27, 2012). "Rodney Hudson of Kansas City Chiefs lost for season". NFL.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Ourlads.com: Kansas City Chief's Depth Chart: 08/01/2013". ourlads.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  21. ^ "B/R NFL 1000: Ranking the Top 35 Centers from 2014". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  22. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000477331/article/raiders-to-sign-rodney-hudson-to-5year-445m-deal NFL. March 9, 2015
  23. ^ "Raiders Sign C Rodney Hudson". Raiders.com. March 11, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  24. ^ Mike Wagaman (November 30, 2015). "With Rodney Hudson sidelined, Tony Bergstrom remains Raider's center". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Better Offensive Line in 2016: Cowboys or Raiders?". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Pro Football Reference: Oakland Raiders: snap count". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  27. ^ "NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 20, 2016. 

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