Not just among interior linemen. Not just among centers. Among all. Pro Football Focus gives their award for the NFL’s best pass blocker to Raiders Pro Bowl center, Rodney Hudson.
According to PFF, Hudson allowed just three pressures all last season, and just one in the first 14 games. That’s nearly twice as good as the league’s next best.
While on average, centers allow one pressure on every 31.4 pass-blocking snaps, Hudson just gave up one on every 197.3 pass-blocking snaps, which is by far the best rate. Second place belongs to Jacksonville’s Brandon Linder, who allowed one pressure on every 111 pass-blocking snaps.
Hudson was on quite a streak last season. When he gave up a sack in the team’s season finale, it was his first sack surrendered since 2015.
While Hudson struggled in run blocking last season, along with the rest of the Raiders’ offensive line, his pass blocking was on the same elite level is has been since he arrived in Oakland. It’s for that reason he headed to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.