Last month, I wrote that
five teams will most likely take a quarterback in the first round: the
New York Jets,
Arizona Cardinals and
Denver Broncos. I'm sure Darnold, Rosen, Mayfield and Allen will be taken in Round 1. To which teams? I'm not sure. I don't think both Rudolph
and Jackson will be first-rounders, but one of them will indeed be taken on Day 1.
I don't think there's any chance Darnold, Rosen, Allen or Mayfield fall to Day 2. Those guys are first-round locks, and I'm going to say Rudolph squeaks into the first round and gets drafted by the
New England Patriots. He's a smart quarterback who would be in a perfect scenario to learn behind
Tom Brady. Just look what that did for
Once the "Big Four" mentioned above are drafted early on, the quarterback hysteria will settle down and the best players from all the other positions will come into play. I'd honestly be surprised if a fifth quarterback goes in Round 1.
I think there will be five quarterbacks drafted in the first round, with
Mason Rudolph being the guy to slip in near the end. He brings experience, high IQ and natural leadership abilities. If he's surrounded by talent, Rudolph has enough to win by serving as a point guard and distributing the ball to playmakers on the perimeter.