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Many 49ers fans have been critical of last year's starting right guard Chilo Rachal. But ultimately it will be up to Jim Harbaugh now to evaluate every player and determine whether or not they are worthy of keeping their respective position.
This year's rookie class of guards doesn't appear to be as deep as last year's but there is some talent still available in almost every single round.
A starting line of an NFL team could be the most important element of an offense. We've seen teams like Dettroit struggle for years with a plethora of positional talent working off of a flimsy offensive line. It is also the same reason that the 49ers have been in the cellar for close to a decade now.
The offensive line is the foundation to having a successful line. Any cracks in that foundation usually spread and get bigger throughout the course of the season.
As mentioned above, there is plenty of talent in this draft, it's just a bit more difficult to sniff out than year's past.
Below the jump, let's take a look at Florida State's best offensive lineman of last year, Rodney Hudson.
After the 2009 season, Hudson was considered the top-rated guard in the nation. Had he come out last year opposed to his senior year, he would have given Mike Iupati a run for his money as the first guard drafted overall. But since he returned, his play dropped off just a bit. He may not be considered the best guard in the draft for 2011, but this video still illustrates plenty of reason to consider drafting him relatively high.
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Summary: I believe that Hudson has everything it takes to be a highly productive NFL career. To what degree is obviously up to him. His work ethic will determine just how far he will go because his tangibles are up there with the best of them.
PREDICTION: 2nd - 3rd Round