Kansas City Chiefs fans are eagerly awaiting the 2014 NFL season to get underway. In the meantime, we here at KC Kingdom are providing you with player profiles until the first kick off of the regular season. Today’s featured player is Center, Rodney Hudson.
How Did Rodney Hudson Become A Kansas City Chief?:
The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Hudson in the second round (55th overall) of the 2011 draft. By way of Florida State, Hudson started in 53 games for the Seminoles including 48 consecutive.
He Holds the conference career record for being named ACC Player of the Week nine times, breaking the previous record of eight. Hudson is also the 11th player in league history to win the Jacobs Blocking Award twice in a career (2009-10), awarded annually to the player voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of head coaches and defensive coordinators. (stats via KCChiefs.com)
So as you can see, he was a very highly touted offensive lineman coming out of college and his full time transition from guard to center has been very smooth since joining the Chiefs.
Hudson was consistent, having started in 15 of the 16 games (inactive for week 17 @ San Diego) and was only penalized twice, both being holding calls.
Hudson did give up 3 sacks for -11.5 yards total, but two of them were against some of the best defensive tackles in the game right now in one on one situations. It’s hard not to give up at least a couple playing that position in the NFL.
According to Pro Football Focus, Hudson was the only Chiefs offensive lineman to see over 1,000 snaps in 2013 and he finished with a positive grade of +6.5. Pretty damn good if you ask me.
Rodney Hudson is a crucial piece for the Chiefs moving forward, and he is entering a contract year. This will be his fourth season, so he’s entering the prime of his career and the Chiefs need to find a way to lock him up.
People are over looking his contract situation because of the current issues with Justin Houston and Alex Smith. The Chiefs need to find a way to keep him on the roster, otherwise they’ll be losing another good player along the offensive line to free agency next off season.
Hudson is, and has been, the anchor of the front five and I look for him to have another successful season in 2014.