The most consistent player for the Raiders offense in the first nine games has easily been Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson. While the Oakland offense may not get a player to the Pro Bowl at this time, Hudson is the Raiders’ best chance and would be the Raiders’ 2017 first-half offensive MVP.
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According to Pro Football Focus, Hudson has a good 81.9 overall grade. Hudson has been elite in pass protection this season, as he has a great 90.6 grade. In terms of run blocking, he’s doing just fine with the conceptual switch from power to zone. Hudson has a decent 76.2 run blocking grade.
The guy is not allowing pressure this season in any capacity. We’ve seen it for the last two plus years that Hudson is one of the six best centers in all of football. He’s right up there with the likes of Travis Frederick of the Dallas Cowboys and Alex Mack of the Atlanta Falcons. Prying Hudson away from the arch rival Kansas City Chiefs was such a good free agency move by general manager Reggie McKenzie a few years back.
Though fans may not be overly excited when a team’s best offensive player is a center, imagine what life would be like with terrible play at that position. Hudson gives this strong Oakland offensive line stability. Because of this offensive line, the Raiders can hang around the AFC playoff picture for longer than most people think.