BTSC 2011 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 53 -- Indianapolis Colts Select Rodney Hudson, C/G, Florida State

TALLAHASSEE FL - NOVEMBER 27: Rodney Hudson #62 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates a touchdown during a game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 27 2010 in Tallahassee Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Sorry for the delay in getting this puppy up. It certainly wasn't from the author, barnerburner lagging. Many thanks to him for yet another fine writeup. Next up: the Philadelphia Eagles, represented by steel.curtain.number.2. - Michael B. -

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After going outside the box with the Colts' first round pick, I have to go for a need with their second round pick because that's what the Colts MO is. Looking at their past four second rounders - Pat Angerer (LB), Fili Moala (DT), Mike Pollak (G), and Tony Ugoh (OT) - we might even be able to conclude that Polian is perfectly willing to reach a little bit or do what it takes to get the player that he really wants. Angerer and Pollak both graded out more as 3rd rounders on most draftniks boards (if memory serves) before the Colts took them at the end of the 2nd, and they blew a handsome ransom to move up for Ugoh.

With the 53rd pick in the 2011 BTSC Community Mock Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select....

Rodney Hudson, C/G, Florida State.

Hudson is about as decorated as any OL prospect in this year's draft - he's a former 1st team All-American, only the 11th player in ACC history to repeat as the Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner for best offensive lineman in the league, an Outland Trophy Finalist this past year (alongside Carimi and Solder), and was All-ACC First Team three times with 47 career starts for the Seminoles. He was also flagged only TWICE in his collegiate career, and entering his senior season Hudson was already being voted as the #24 best player in FSU history by the Orlando Sentinel and had given up only 1.5 sacks in 34 straight games (I wish the guy who wrote that stat line for CBS Sports had bothered to include how many sacks he gave up as a senior, but it can't have been many).

The only knocks against him have to do with his size - he's 6'2 and definitely not 300 pounds, and he might not be able to put on the weight to break that threshold without sacrificing his top flight athleticism/agility/balance. Some scouts think he might be best suited in the long run kicking inside to center instead of trying to mess with his weight at guard, and even though all 47 of Hudson's starts were at guard, he apparently did see some time at C and apparently even LT for FSU. That might not be a bad idea for the Colts because at least from the eyeball test Hudson seems to compare to Saturday (6'2, 295), but looking a little deeper Hudson is also very smart with excellent awareness to adjust on the fly.

It should be noted though that Hudson's relative lack of size does not mean he plays with a lack of strength as a result - pound for pound he has plenty of strength and does his best to wring everything he can out of it by lining up very low in his stance to get optimal leverage and playing with great technique and quite a mean streak to and through the whistle (his FSU coaches loved his game and coachability and pointed to him as a tone-setter on the OL during his time). He has exceptional conditioning as well and does not wear down as the game goes on.

It's been harped on incessantly that the Colts need to get bigger and stronger than the guys they've had running their zone-blocking scheme as of late, but I don't think that'll be enough to deter them from selecting Hudson in this scenario because no O-lineman the Colts have drafted in the past 5 years can come close to matching the credentials that Hudson brings to the table. By pulling the trigger here on Rodney Hudson, the Colts get a guy who perfectly fits their zone scheme with a well-rounded and polished skill-set and who also has tenacity and attitude - which is what they've really been lacking in the trenches these past seasons - and they do it without reaching at all. Hudson will start for the Colts at guard as a rookie, and down the line if he can prove himself more capable than Pollak and Jamey Richard, then maybe he can turn into their center of the future.

 

Other guys I was considering here:

1). Marcus Cannon (G/T) - Hudson might have a lower ceiling than Cannon, but I think he also has a much higher floor

2). Will Rackley (G) - Big_jay's piece on him piqued my interest, but Polian isn't going to take a flyer on a small-school guy this high. He only wastes second rounders by taking flyers on big-school guys

3). A safety - with only Rahim Moore gone at this point, I think the Colts can safely wait to address that in the third round

 

Guys already taken in this second round that I would've considered if they'd been available:

1). Corey Liuget (DT) - I was considering him in the first, but couldn't turn down Jordan's incredible skill-set

2). Danny Watkins (G) - His relatively mature age is probably a non-issue, Polian just wants to win another one now before the end of Manning's career and Watkins will almost surely last that long

3). Rahim Moore (S) - If he'd somehow fallen this far, I'd have had to consider taking the top safety in this draft in the back half of the second round

4). Benjamin Ijalana (G/T) - Forget that he's from a small school, you don't finish 10th in Outland Trophy voting without talent and ability, even if he'd just been beating up on FCS kids

5). Stefen Wisniewski (C/G) - Probably would've flipped a coin between him and Hudson

6). Leonard Hankerson (WR) - Put up good numbers in a pretty cruddy offense, can run the whole route tree, taking another guy from the U to eventually replace Reggie Wayne might've been irresistable

BTSC 2011 Community Mock Draft Selections:

  1. Carolina Panthers -- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
  2. Denver Broncos -- Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
  3. Buffalo Bills -- Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
  4. Cincinnati Bengals -- Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
  5. Arizona Cardinals -- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
  6. Cleveland Browns -- 'The Snow Cone Machine' A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
  7. San Francisco 49ers -- Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
  8. Tennessee Titans -- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
  9. Dallas Cowboys -- Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
  10. Washington Redskins -- Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
  11. Houston Texans -- Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
  12. Minnesota Vikings -- Tyron Smith, OT, USC
  13. Detroit Lions -- JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
  14. St. Louis Rams -- Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
  15. Miami Dolphons -- Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Brooks Reed , DE, Arizona
  17. New England Patriots -- Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue
  19. New York Giants -- Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
  21. Kansas City Chiefs -- Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
  22. Indianapolis Colts -- Cameron Jordan, DL, California
  23. Philadelphia Eagles -- Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
  24. New Orleans Saints -- Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
  25. Seattle Seahawks -- Jake Locker, QB, Washington
  26. Baltimore Ravens -- Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
  27. Atlanta Falcons -- Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
  28. New England Patriots -- Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
  29. Chicago Bears --Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
  30. New York Jets -- Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
  31. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
  32. Green Bay Packers -- Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

ROUND 2

  1. New England Patriots -- Cameron Hayward, DE, Ohio State (33rd overall)
  2. Buffalo Bills -- Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame (34th overall)
  3. Cincinnati Bengals -- Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State (35th overall)
  4. Denver Broncos -- Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois (36th overall)
  5. Cleveland Browns -- Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (37th overall)
  6. Arizona Cardinals -- Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada (38th overall)
  7. Tennessee Titans -- Andy Dalton, QB, Texas Christian (39th overall)
  8. Dallas Cowboys -- Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor (40th overall)
  9. Washington Redskins -- Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh (41st overall)
  10. Houston Texans -- Aaron Williams, CB, Texas (42nd overall)
  11. Minnesota Vikings -- Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (43rd overall)
  12. Detroit Lions -- Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina (44th overall)
  13. San Francisco 49ers -- Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA (45th overall)
  14. Denver Broncos -- Benjamin Ijalana, OL, Villanova (46th overall)
  15. St. Louis Rams -- Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina (47th overall)
  16. Oakland Raiders -- Stefan Wisniewski, OG/C, Penn State (48th overall)
  17. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas (49th overall)
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Leonard Hankerson, WR, University of Miami (50th overall)
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh (51st overall)
  20. New York Giants -- Mason Foster, LB, Washington (52nd overall)
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