6-1/232 Miami OH
Pros: Shows nice instincts and tough, scrappy, and aggressive play. Is a capable tackler that can do some things in pursuit. Shows some potential in zone coverage with nice awareness. Does a nice job attacking the line of scrimmage and has potential as a blitzer. Will take on blockers and does a nice job at the point of attack.
Cons: Doesn't get off blocks and gets caught in traffic too much. Lacks pop as a tackler. Doesn't have the quickness or speed to be a major factor in coverage.
Overview: He's a hard-working player that was a productive three-year starter at middle linebacker. And while he's a capable player in the MAC, may not quite match up in the NFL.
NFL Forecast: Hudson has the disposition to be a special teams ace. He can add some depth at inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but he's limited athletically. Will have trouble in coverage and lacks the speed to be a rangy playmaker. If he can impress a team with his work ethic, toughness, he can stick as a reserve. But lacks upside as a starter and will probably be a career backup. About the best you can hope for is a player like Chase Blackburn.
ATL Forecast: Hudson isn't a great fit in the 4-3, but he could stick as a backup MIKE in Atlanta. He could challenge Gilbert and potentially stick on special teams. But he lacks the ideal upside that merits development as a backup and could potentially be replaced within a year or two by a more gifted player. But if he can prove to be a strong special teams player, he could be a fixture as a backup for a long time.
Value: Hudson might be able to add some depth, but his lack of upside means he should be an undrafted free agent.
Scouting Reports of inside and outside linebackers in the 2009 NFL Draft
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