Mason Rudolph

Oklahoma St.
QB

Prospect Info

College
Oklahoma St.
Hometown
Class
Rock Hill, SC
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
235 lbs
32 3/8”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.66
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Round 3 ‧ Pick 12
40 Yard Dash
4.9
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Vertical Jump
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Like many prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, Rudolph grew up in a football family. His father, Brett, played at North Carolina in the 1980s. His brother, Logan, is a top 200 recruit that committed to play outside linebacker for Clemson starting in 2017. That background and support helped him excel in high school, where he was a finalist for South Carolina's Mr. Football Award as a senior (4,377 passing yards, 64 touchdowns, eight interceptions). It was expected that Rudolph would take a redshirt in 2014, but the Cowboys' starter fell to injury late in the year. He played in three games, starting two, led the team to a comeback win over rival Oklahoma. Rudolph was OSU's MVP in 2015, starting 12 games (missing most of that year's Bedlam due to injury), completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 3,770 yards and 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In his junior campaign, Rudolph stood tall in the pocket and earned honorable mention all-conference honors, distributing the ball to either sideline, as well as down the field, for 4,091 yards (ranking eighth in the FBS) on a 63.4 completion rate with 28 touchdowns -- but throwing just four interceptions in the process. While Rudolph is a pocket passer, he also had six rushing touchdowns in 2016. Rudolph finished his career by winning the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Sammy Baugh Awards while earning second-team All-Big 12 recognition. He led the FBS with 377 passing yards per game (4,904 total), completing 65 percent of his passes, finishing among the nation's leader with 37 touchdowns while throwing just nine interceptions.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Christian Ponder
Overview
Pocket quarterback with good size who has shown consistent improvement as a passer. Rudolph is more of a downfield, play-action passer than a quarterback who can win with precision and arm strength. He's a capable field reader who has the ability to operate with timing which will be important since his arm can be dull at times. Rudolph could be an early backup with the potential of becoming an average to below average starter in the league.
Strengths
  • Great size and stands tall in the pocket giving him his true height as a passer
  • Does a good job of letting routes develop and wide receivers clear traffic
  • Slides in pocket for clean launch points and is rarely a static target for rushers
  • Keeps eyes trained downfield when sliding around pocket
  • Got rid of the ball quicker and cut his sacks this year
  • Willing to throw in front of safeties and attack over top of linebackers in intermediate portion of field
  • Has steadily improved each season and showed full command of the offense this year
  • Saw 10 percent of his dropbacks turn into 25-plus yard completions
  • Puts air under his deep throws and gives receivers a chance to make plays
  • Reads safeties and moves to his progressions accordingly
  • Ran zone reads around endzone and finished with 17 rushing touchdowns during career
  • Willing to drop his head and go get what he needs
Weaknesses
  • Over-strides at times
  • Rarely drives lower body through the throw causing ball to sail and float
  • May not generate enough velocity to beat ball-hawking corners who strangle passing windows
  • Field-side outs will be a challenge
  • Needs throws to stay on schedule
  • Needs to throw with better timing and placement on comeback and outs
  • Defaults to off-platform throws when he has time to step and deliver
  • Ball placement and decision making can run askew when forced to scramble from pocket
  • Ball will come out wobbly at times
  • Inexperienced as rollout passer
  • Benefitted from ball-winning targets downfield
  • Wasn't asked to get through many progressions in the offense
  • Has had ball security issues as a starter
Sources Tell Us

"If you spoke with ten different scouts you would get at least four different opinions about him. I've just seen too many of those system quarterbacks struggle to make it in the league so I'm hesitant to buy in. He has gotten better this year." -- NFC team regional scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league