Amongst a large quarterback class in the 2018 NFL Draft, Mason Rudolph could be one of the best pros
Mason Rudolph led all of college football in passing yards last season yet remains hidden in the first round conversations for the 2018 NFL Draft. A Senior Bowl invitee Rudolph has been one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football playing in the Big 12.
Where does Rudolph stand going into the 2018 NFL Draft?
Weight: 230 lbs
Physically, Rudolph reminds me of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz coming out of North Dakota State. Both stand at 6’5 and around 230 lbs coming out of college with long legs and a strong arm.
Rudolph will throw with touch and consistently showed the ability to drop the ball in the bucket.
Against Pitt in 2017, Rudolph completed seven of nine throws where the ball went 20 yards in the air. The two non-completions were a drop and a pass interference. On throws where the ball went 30 yards in the air, two were overthrown along the sideline, one was picked off after being underthrown, and the other two were completed.
Rudolph’s two throws that went at least 40 yards through the air were either completed or dropped.
Rudolph displayed excellent awareness throughout his career, including when he was nearly taken down for a safety but he was able to muscle his way out and get the ball across the goal line.
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Rudolph typically has good footwork but occasionally his legs will get out of sync, leading to rushed and misthrows.
His pocket awareness is also up for scrutiny but he was able to show the ability to avoid pressure by stepping up in the pocket and taking only 22 sacks all year.
Historically Big 12 quarterbacks do not translate to the next level, and that will be brought up in discussions revolving around Rudolph. Bryce Petty, Geno Smith, Landry Jones, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden are the only Big 12 quarterbacks to be drafted and start a game since 2012 and have combined for only one Pro Bowl selection.
Rudolph is a darkhorse to be a first round pick after leading all of Division 1 football in passing yards. If he can learn behind Drew Brees or Carson Palmer for one year Rudolph has the makings of a starting caliber NFL quarterback.