Dallas Cowboys: Round 4
Offensive Tackle – James Hudson – Cincinnati
Corner was again a target with Rodarius Williams being the second most picked player, but more often than not he was gone before I picked. However, James Hudson is a solid pickup at this point in the draft and has all the makings to replace Tyron Smith sooner than later. Hudson saw his stock climb after the Senior Bowl and his ability to play either side of the line helps make him the swing tackle day one.
Hudson is a beast at the point of attack with a massive first punch and if he can get his hands on the pass rusher he locks them down quickly. He is outstanding in run blocking and moves well to shed his block and get to the second level quickly. His length is ideal for a left tackle and pushes rushers beyond the pocket often. His footwork is solid on the slide and he can match up well on quicker pass rushers.
Hudson has to work on his balance as at time can get a little top heavy but this is mostly a technique issue and not a size or frame issue. If he can work on behind at the waist at times, he could be an ideal left tackle for years. If can remain patient against NFL pass rushers, fix the balance, Hudson could be a steal.