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Chiefs Say Rodney Hudson Is Ready To Start; Center Or Guard?

SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31:  Offensive lineman Rodney Hudson #61 practices during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Offensive lineman Rodney Hudson #61 practices during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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A few weeks ago Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli said the team had to get better along the offensive line which said to us that changes were coming. The Chiefs GM indicated that at least one change will occur in 2012 -- Rodney Hudson will be a starter. Pioli said Hudson is ready to be a starter in the NFL which strongly indicates that Hudson will be one of the Chiefs new starters next season.

Hudson comes out of Florida State as the Chiefs second round pick in the 2011 NFL draft. The question is whether Hudson plays center or guard and for that answer I think we may have to wait a couple months.

Center is the obvious answer. That looks like it was the plan when he was drafted so replacing Casey Wiegmann, who doesn't have a contract and could retire, makes the most sense.

But I say we need to wait to really answer that question because the Chiefs could come across a terrific value on a center in free agency or the draft, which could then put Hudson back to guard, depending on the future of Ryan Lilja.

Last year, after the Chiefs had drafted Hudson, Pioli was very interested in another center, Jason Kelce (eventually picked by the Eagles). That makes you wonder...if they had gotten Kelce in the draft, would Hudson be a center or a guard? That's why I bring up the possibility of him playing guard or center. Plenty of things can change.

That's the good part of having a guy like Hudson, who can play multiple positions. He gives the team options and flexibility so that they can focus more on value instead of getting a specific position.

After Hudson, there are still 1-2 spots along the offensive line that could change next season.