Mason Rudolph is another quarterback that is pushing to be drafted in the first round. It’s been mentioned multiple times, but this draft class could see six quarterbacks taken in the first round simply based on need.
It’s likely four are for sure going to be taken in the opening round, but Rudolph and Lamar Jackson are the other two that are hoping to hear their name called in the first round. The Oklahoma State product has turned a lot of heads.
He likely would have been a mid-round pick if he came out after his junior season, but staying for his senior season really allowed Rudolph to develop even more and help his stock. As a result, he’s pushing to be a first-round pick and likely at worst, a second.
He’s tall at 6’5″ and he commands the pocket well. He did play in the pass-happy Big 12, but his stats were impressive, as he had a 37:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. As is the case with any quarterback, it’s going to be a matter of him going to the right system.
Rudolph needs to end up in a situation where he has time to throw the football. When he’s forced to bail on the pocket and think on his feet, his throws aren’t always the sharpest and his decisions haven’t been the best. While some other quarterbacks might be ready to step in right away, he’ll be best served learning for a bit.