Mason Rudolph made a name for himself in the Big 12 when he led Oklahoma State to a come from behind win over Oklahoma in the 2014 Bedlam game. Over the next three years he established himself as a prolific passer and prototypical NFL quarterback.
Since the spring, Rudolph has seen his draft stock rise to the point where some have him predicted going as high as late first round. In a draft that is stocked with quarterbacks, that’s an impressive rise.
At 6-5/235 Rudolph has the perfect NFL frame that allows him to stand tall in the pocket and have a great view of the field. He’s also good at sliding in the pocket to avoid pressure. In addition he keeps his eyes downfield when sliding.
He puts air under his deep passes which allows receivers to run underneath them. Ten percent of his drop backs resulted in 25-plus yard receptions. He has a quick release which also cuts down pressure and sacks.
Rudolph is an underrated rusher who isn’t afraid to lower his head and get those tough yards. He ran for 17 touchdowns in his collegiate career.
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He doesn’t consistently drive his lower body through his throw which causes his passes to sail at times. He’s a timing passer who has struggled to adjust when his timing is disrupted, resulting in poor ball placement and poor decisions.
Rudolph is not a good roll out passer and struggles in general when scrambling. He didn’t need to go through many progressions in college.
The early part of the draft is going to be quarterback heavy with Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Rosen. I think there’s a chance that Rosen drops down to the later part of the first half which unfortunately pushes Rudolph back as well. However, that doesn’t mean that he lands in a bad spot though.
The Denver Broncos signed Case Keenum to a free agent contract but they are expecting him to be a bridge more than a long-term solution. John Elway would like to draft a young quarterback to groom for a few seasons before handing him the reigns and I believe Rudolph will be available when the Denver comes early in the second round with the 40th overall pick.
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