Las Vegas Raiders: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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Rodney Hudson, Oakland Raiders
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. C. Florida State Seminoles. Rodney Hudson. 42. player. 28

A big reason the Raiders have improved is due to play on the line of scrimmage. It all starts and ends with the main man in the middle of it all in center Rodney Hudson. Since coming over to the Raiders from the rival Kansas City Chiefs, Hudson has been sensational.

In his second year with the team in 2016, Hudson would make his first trip to the Pro Bowl. He and teammates left tackle Donald Penn and left guard Kelechi Osemele would also make the trip to Orlando. Hudson might have benefited from playing upfront on the best Raiders offensive line in a decade in 2016. However, he would prove that 2017 was no fluke. Hudson was outstanding last fall for the Silver and Black.

The guy didn’t allow a pressure all season long. Though it was an uphill battle all year for the Raiders, Hudson’s play was never any indication of that. He played through painful kidney stones in December, as the Raiders were fighting for the playoff lives. Even after the Raiders were eliminated from playoff contention, Hudson still went out there and remained the fulcrum of the Raiders’ offensive line.