Most of the focus on the Kansas City Chiefs 2011 draft class has centered around first and third round picks Jonathan Baldwin and Justin Houston. However, when Rob Rang put together his list of biggest draft steals, it was the man sandwiched in between Scott Pioli’s gambles that got the nod.
2. C Rodney Hudson, Chiefs — selected No. 55 overall: A career left guard, Hudson will be moved inside to center for the Chiefs and prove a star. His agility, underrated strength and instincts will make him an immediate and long-time standout.
I was high on the Hudson pick, but second biggest steal in the entire draft? That’s some high praise.
No one knows if Casey Wiegmann will be back next season and the veteran’s decision will go a long way towards determining just how much we see of Hudson this season. Last season rookie Jon Asamoah only saw the field sporadically while playing behind Brian Waters and Ryan Lilja and that same thing could happen to Hudson.
If Wiegmann calls it a career, Hudson will have a great shot at opening the season as the starting center. He’ll have to beat out Rudy Niswanger, which won’t be easy, but the four-time All-ACC selection could bring instant youth to the interior of the Chiefs offensive line.