Cleveland Browns rookie James Hudson signs contract
Cleveland Browns 4th round pick James Hudson III has officially signed his rookie contract.
Another one of the Cleveland Browns 2021 draft picks has officially signed his rookie contract, the team has announced on Twitter.
This time, it was Toledo native James Hudson III from the University of Cincinnati.
Hudson was added in the fourth round with the 110th overall selection.
James Hudson, listed at 6-4 and 302lbs on the Browns website, looks to be competing for a backup offensive line role on the team this season. He joins arguably the deepest offensive line group that the team has had since 1999, a unit where it will be hard to make the roster.
Despite the depth of veterans already on the team, Hudson should be safe to make the 53 man roster, considering how high the team drafted him. He’s also able to play four of the five spots on the offensive line and probably could play center if he was taught how to snap.
He’s currently being trained at offensive tackle, so his main competition to make the roster will be Chris Hubbard, Greg Senat, and Alex Taylor. The team will probably keep 9 offensive linemen overall and seem to value swing offensive linemen who can play both guard and tackle heavily, as seen with Chris Hubbard.
The five starters should have their spots secured, along with Chris Hubbard and James Hudson. It will be a very interesting position battle to see who out of Greg Senat, Alex Taylor, Nick Harris, Blake Hance, Javon Patterson, Cordel Iwuagwu, Michael Dunn, Colby Gossett, and Drew Forbes secure the last two roster spots.
Also expect to see two of these guys to be on the Cleveland Browns practice squad during the season, for depth reasons and in case there are any minor injuries for the older veterans where they may need to miss practice.