Exhibits an impressive first step off the snap in the pass game as well, quickly getting his hands up and extending his arms into blocks. Plays with natural leverage and routinely is able to beat opposing linemen to their spot — even vs. explosive one-gappers — and get under their pad level at the point. However, isn’t as polished as a technician as many are making him out to be. Has a tendency to get a bit overextended with his footwork and will lunge into blocks bending at the waist, which causes him to lose his base initially and can get jolted on contact. But, does a nice job quickly regaining his balance, sinking his hips and achieving the leverage needed to anchor.
Exhibits impressive change of direction skills and lateral agility for the position. Displays the ability to cleanly slide his feet and mirror through contact, and possesses impressive range when asked to redirect and pick up a blitzing backer. Demonstrates heavier hands than given credit for as well and can really stick to blocks inside.
Impression: Can be bullied at times initially off the snap, but regains his balance well and looks like a potential starter in a zone-blocking scheme at the next level."
Negatives: Serious size limitations, undersized, needs to bulk up 12-20 lbs. to remain at Guard... Needs to improve overall playing strength a little... Doesn't possess a great anchor and will get pushed back at times... Bends at the waist, leans into some blocks... Plays with his head down too much, allows taller defenders over the top... Doesn't hold up especially well to bull rushers... Missed a couple games in 2009 with knee injury."
Hudson's biggest liability is his size. Most NFL teams want a guard closer to 300 pounds. Hudson does have great footwork and is young enough to add some weight without losing any speed, but he needs to prove that at the NFL combine.
Last year when Hudson was thinking about entering the NFL Draft, most agreed that he was the best junior guard in college football. That has continued into his senior season and Hudson should be the first guard taken in April. If Hudson can prove that he can gain some weight without any negative effects, he could very easily move into the first round. Even if Hudson does not gain weight before the draft, he is still the most talented guard in this class."
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