Offensive tackle was a one-year starter for the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Originally recruited as a defensive tackle, the 6-foot-4 and 313-pound Hudson was a one-year starter at left tackle for the Bearcats.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 1, 2021
Here is a scouting report from The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, who had Hudson as his 10th-ranked offensive tackle on his board and the No. 83 player overall:
A one-year starter at Cincinnati, Hudson lined up at left tackle in offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock’s scheme. After starting his college career as a defensive lineman at Michigan, he made the switch to tackle and transferred to Cincinnati where he didn’t allow a sack in his one season (11 starts) for the Bearcats. Hudson fires out of his stance and achieves a balanced position in pass pro to mirror with quick, controlled steps. With only 719 career snaps at tackle, he has some bad habits, forgetting his feet or allowing his pads to rise, but he flashes power in his upper half to create torque on command. Overall, Hudson requires continued technical refinement to match up in the NFL, but his light feet, strong hands and natural balance are an intriguing starter pack at left tackle. He would fit best in a zone scheme where he can develop into an above-average starter.
Despite his limited experience, Hudson did a solid job with the Bearcats, according to Pro Football Focus:
Browns 4th RD pick OT James Hudson at Cincinnati:
Pass-block snaps: 358
QB pressures allowed: 6
Sacks: 0 pic.twitter.com/z6rfjZ9Zim
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
How He Fits the Browns
While the Browns are set at offensive tackle with Jedrick Wills Jr. and Jack Conklin, it never hurts to continue to build depth along the line.
What do you think, Browns fans?