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Mason Rudolph | Quarterback

Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/17/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230

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Steelers traded up with the Seahawks to select Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph with the No. 76 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Steelers gave up the No. 79 and No. 220 picks. Rudolph (6’5/235) made 41 starts for the Cowboys, going 32-9 with a 63.2% completion rate, 9.4 yards per attempt, and 92:26 TD-to-INT ratio. In 2017, PFF College charted Rudolph with 1,712 yards on throws delivered 20-plus yards downfield, most among all draft-eligible quarterbacks. Rudolph benefited from throwing to James Washington and Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State’s spread offense, and slow Big 12 defenses. Rudolph is also a pocket passer only, lacking any ability to move the chains with his legs. Still, Rudolph’s sustained production, aggressive downfield mindset, and competent tools give him a shot at becoming a low-end starter. Rudolph will have a chance to grow in Pittsburgh's offense with rookie WR James Washington, who was Rudolph's favorite target at Oklahoma State. Apr 27 - 9:55 PM

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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein projects Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph to be drafted by the Dolphins with the 42nd pick in his second-round mock.

The Chargers have also been connected to Rudolph, but in this scenario, Los Angeles would have to trade up to procure the quarterback. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback received some first-round talk, but it was never likely that six signal-callers were going to go in the first. We barely got five. As Zierlein notes, Rudolph can sit behind Ryan Tannehill for a year or two, and then become Miami's long-term quarterback. Potentially, anyway.
Apr 27 - 5:28 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports he's "heard a lot of buzz" about Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph and the Chargers.

Rudolph would be a great fit for the Chargers offense and have the opportunity to sit behind Philip Rivers for at least a year. The Chargers hold pick No. 48 and would likely have to trade up to select Rudolph as plenty of quarterback-needy teams pick before them. Both the Giants and Patriots have been linked to Rudolph previously and are in a good position to draft him. He will likely be selected in the top half of Round 2.
Apr 27 - 1:41 PM

FanRag Sports draft analyst Jon Ledyard believes that the Giants could be targeting a trade up to acquire Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph.

It appears the Giants aren't going to address the quarterback position with the second-overall pick -- that appears to be Penn State RB Saquon Barkley or possibly NC State edge-rusher Bradley Chubb -- but the Giants could still come out of Thursday's first round with a signal-caller. " There is support on their current coaching staff for Rudolph," Ledyard writes, "as some there feel he can be a great fit for Pat Shurmur and Mike Shula’s offense with a little time behind Eli Manning." There's a chance Rudolph could be there at pick 34, but the Giants may not want to risk him falling out of their reach.
Apr 26 - 3:47 PM

An NFL scout told Bob McGinn Football that Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph reminds him of Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

"He’s calm, cool, collected, accurate," the scout noted of Rudolph. He vehemently dismissed any notion that the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder had anything in common with Brandon Weedon outside of the school in which both played their college ball. If that Ryan comp is a bit too lofty, another evaluator who spoke with McGinn Football saw some similarities with Kirk Cousins, which feels more in the ballpark to us. Said that particular scout, "He’s not going to take everybody to the next level but he’s going to do the right thing and be a game manager." There's been recent buzz that the Patriots might be interested in Rudolph. They've been linked to several quarterbacks beyond the Oklahoma State signal-caller, too, with Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen both batted around in rumor as potential picks for HC Bill Belichick and staff. At this juncture, we would be surprised if New England did not draft a quarterback relatively early when festivities boot up in Dallas later this week.
Apr 23 - 3:50 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang hears that Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph has been "increasingly" tied to the New England Patriots.

As Rang notes, the Patriots have both the 23rd and 31st pick in the first round, and also have pick 43 after the Jimmy Garoppolo trade. New England needs a quarterback of the future with Tom Brady on the wrong side of 40 and no developmental signal-callers on the roster, and Rudolph's quick release could fit well in the Patriots' system. Most believe he'd be a reach at 23, but at 31 or 43, it makes a lot of sense on paper.
Apr 14 - 12:44 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein tabbed Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph as the most overrated quarterback prospect in the draft class.

"Rudolph wasn't asked to go through many progressions in his offense and I felt like his arm strength was very average when he was asked to zip it on field-side throws," Zierlein writes. Concur. And we would add that the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder threw aces receivers James Washington and Marcell Ateman into coverage far too often for comfort. There's been talk of Rudolph as a first-round selection, but Zierlein vehemently disagrees with such a possibility -- he does not view the signal-caller as a top-50 prospect.
Apr 11 - 2:57 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph to free agent QB Christian Ponder.

Rudolph is one of the more divisive quarterbacks in this class, and this comp suggests that Zierlein isn't sold on him as a future starter at the position. He notes that he does have prototypical size (6'5/235) and he's improved his pocket awareness, and he throws the deep ball well. The concerns come from a lack of velocity on the intermediate throws, and the ball placement leaves a lot to be desired. Rudolph likely goes in the first 64 selections, and as Zierlein notes, he has the potential to develop into a backup or average starter at the position.
Apr 10 - 9:55 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso compared Mason Rudolph to Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.

Trapasso mentions their "playing styles" and college background are very similar. He explains, "Prescott started 33 games at Mississippi State and operated a shotgun-based, spread-option offense. Rudolph started 41 games at Oklahoma State and ran a spread-option attack in which he was rarely under center." Most draft analysts project Rudolph to be selected near the end of the first round or in the early second. He took an official pre-draft visit to the Bills and went through a private workout with the Patriots on Friday. With the Patriots holding pick Nos. 23 and 31 in the first round, they are a realistic landing spot that would allow Rudolph to sit behind Tom Brady for at least one season.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 11:42 AM

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph went through a private workout with the Patriots on Friday.

The Patriots could very much be in the market for a quarterback in Rudolph's expected draft range, as they own picks Nos. 23 and 31 in the first round. Earlier this week, MMQB's Peter King speculated that New England's logical move in drafting a potential replacement for Tom Brady would be to stay pat, rather than attempt to trade up for one of the top signal-callers in the class. Another quarterback needy club -- picking right before the Patriots at No. 22 -- is the Bills. They're bringing Rudolph in for an official predraft visit this weekend. The Chargers, Saints, Giants and Bengals have all additionally been in touch with the Oklahoma State standout during the draft process.
Apr 6 - 1:10 PM

The MMQB's Peter King believes "it makes much more sense" for the Patriots to "stand pat" with their current picks when selecting a QB in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Others wondered if the Patriots were now looking to move up in round one by packaging two first rounders. King suggests a second tier quarterback like Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph. We will throw in the name Kyle Lauletta as well. The Patriots hold the 23rd, 31st, 43rd and 63rd selections. One will almost certainly be spent on a passer.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 4 - 11:54 AM

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph worked out with Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton this week.

"It was a cool opportunity to throw with a guy like that and see how you stack up and also grab a tidbit of information, mechanics advice here and there," Rudolph said. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder explained that he and Dalton went over the route tree and that Dalton offered up advice about the post-draft acclimation that Rudolph will experience with his NFL-team-to-be. He's in an interesting place for a potential Day 1 selection, as we're fully expecting a heavy string of quarterback picks early -- up to four could conceivably fly off the board in the top-10 picks -- which could naturally cause fringe Round 1 prospects such as Rudolph and Lamar Jackson to be drafted higher than the current general consensus would have it.
Mar 28 - 5:35 PM Columnist Adam Schein believes that the Jets trading up to the third spot could affect the stock of Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph.

In this case, it would affect Rudolph (6'5/235) in a positive direction. Schein believes that the early quarterback run that comes from the deal could make teams picking in the bottom of the first round more likely to target someone like the former Oklahoma State signal-caller. "Rudolph might be the future in New Orleans or Pittsburgh. He could be the present in Jacksonville," Schein writes. "A quarterback-needy team could trade into the bottom portion of Round 1 late on the draft's opening night to secure Rudolph's services."
Mar 19 - 5:00 PM

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph met with Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin following his pro day workout on Thursday.

Last September, Rudolph (6'5/235) and his Cowboys shredded Pittsburgh at Heinz Field, 59-21. "I told them how much I loved playing on that unbelievable field. It was a cool experience," Rudolph said. "That was one of my better games. (Colbert and Tomlin) didn't say whether they were there, and I didn't ask if they were, but it's their field, so I'm sure they had someone there." Rudolph also met with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys after the workout. At current time, he's considered a Day 2 prospect.
Mar 18 - 12:58 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys met with Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph during Thursday's pro day.

Rudolph (6'5/235) showed off nice accuracy in executing his pro day throwing script, working mostly in the short-to-intermediate range while hitting on a variety of posts, comebacks and the like. NFL Media's Bucky Brooks was reminded of Eagles QB Nick Foles while watching the workout. Rudolph is a potential second-round selection for April's draft.
Mar 17 - 12:15 PM