The Raiders have seen massive roster turnover over the past few seasons since coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock took over control of the organization.
But one stalwart throughout the adapting lineup has been veteran center Rodney Hudson. And with good reason, as ESPN recently ranked Hudson as the sixth-best interior offensive lineman in the NFL.
Anyone who has followed the Raiders over the past half-decade can tell you that Hudson has been an impeccable leader of the team's entire offensive linemen, helping run the offense along with quarterback Derek Carr.
Hudson has been especially proficient in pass protection, where he ranked either first or second every season in Pro Football Focus' pass-blocking grades from 2014-19. The Florida State product also came in at No. 99 on PFF's All-Decade top 101.
Highest single-season pass-blocking grades for centers since 2010
Hudson signed a three-year, $33.75 million extension with the Raiders in Aug. of 2019, making him the highest-paid center in the NFL. Given all the evidence above, Hudson clearly has earned it with his play for the Silver and Black.
Henry Ruggs had plenty of qualities that warranted being the first wide receiver off the board in April's draft.
Top-of-the-line speed, eye-popping athleticism and solid production at one of the nation's best collegiate programs made Ruggs an easy choice for Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden.
Pro Football Focus provided more evidence to support Ruggs' case, as he ended his time at Alabama with the lowest drop rate among the six wideouts taken in this year's first round.
Drop rate among 1st RD WRs:
1. Henry Ruggs III - 3.6% 2. Ceedee Lamb - 4.9% 3. Brandon Aiyuk - 5.5% 4. Jerry Jeudy - 5.6% 5. Jalen Reagor - 5.8% 6. Justin Jefferson - 5.9% pic.twitter.com/eTmm9qpUJe
The speedster averaged 19.5 yards per touch over his junior season, making the most of every opportunity with the Crimson Tide in 2019. Although he caught just 40 passes last season, seven went for touchdowns, with Ruggs adding a 75-yard touchdown run (pass was caught behind the line of scrimmage) during a win over New Mexico State.
Henry Ruggs stretches the field for us with his 4.27 speed and only had 3 drops in his college career. “Garoppolo to Ruggs for 60 yards and a touchdown” sounds good to me. #49erspic.twitter.com/DvEswusXCY