The Cleveland Browns signed offensive tackle James Hudson III on Tuesday. Hudson is the fourth member of the club’s eight-person draft class to be signed.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft at No. 110 overall, Hudson’s contract will be worth about $4.27 million, with a signing bonus of $792,420, over four years, according to Over The Cap’s predetermined draft chart. Hudson’s cap hit in 2021 will be approximately $858,105.
Originally recruited as a defensive tackle, the 6-foot-4 and 313-pound Hudson was a one-year starter at left tackle for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Despite his limited experience, Hudson did a solid job with the Bearcats, according to Pro Football Focus:
Browns 4th RD pick OT James Hudson at Cincinnati:— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
Pass-block snaps: 358
QB pressures allowed: 6
Sacks: 0 pic.twitter.com/z6rfjZ9Zim
The Browns are set at offensive tackle with Jedrick Wills Jr. and Jack Conklin, which gives Hudson an opportunity to work on his game this season and develop into a solid backup option along the offensive line.
Hudson will wear No. 66 with the Browns.
The Browns previously signed running back Demetric Felton (sixth-round selection), safety Richard LeCounte III (fifth-round selection) and linebacker Tony Fields II (fifth-round selection).