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2018 NFL Draft Profile: Quarterback Mason Rudolph

By Luis Tirado Jr.
STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 04: Quarterback Mason Rudolph #2 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys looks to throw against the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 62-52. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 04: Quarterback Mason Rudolph #2 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys looks to throw against the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 62-52. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Here’s the 2018 NFL Draft profile for quarterback Mason Rudolph out of Oklahoma State breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and a draft day prediction.

When it comes to quarterback Mason Rudolph out of Oklahoma State, he’s a natural born playmaker. He does a good job at accurately hitting receiving targets in stride and for the most part, does well airing out the football.

Rodolph wisely spent all four years at Oklahoma State to continue honing his craft to hopefully do well in the NFL. He’s not a perfect quarterback and will need some work to take his career to the next level but has a good head on his shoulders and listens well to coaching.

At 6-5 and 230 lbs., Rudolph has the right size to have success in the pros but has a major weakness in his game which will undoubtedly hurt his overall draft stock. Here’s his full profile breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights of how well he sells play-action plays, and a draft day prediction.

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STRENGTHS

Rudolph is pretty accurate when it comes to his passes as he ended his collegiate career with a 63.2 percent completion rate. He knows how to work the pocket efficiently and is a quick learner in the grand scheme of things. Knows how to run a pro-style offense and understands how to break down what the defense gives him and exploit weaknesses. Excellent arm strength to add a huge vertical game to any offense. At Penn State, totaled 13,618 passing yards, 915 completions, 92 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions.

WEAKNESSES

Too many times Rudolph will make deep passing plays look easy but struggles in the short and medium game. Will overthrow or completely miss targets in slant plays which will cause frustration to coaches and fans alike. Rudolph is as pure a pocket passer one can ask for but struggles immensely when the pocket collapses and tries to run with the football. Is considered a developmental quarterback that will need to be coached and trained in making better decisions on the gridiron. Will often overthink when working his check-downs which will result in sacks or rushed decisions that won’t end well.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

DRAFT DAY PREDICTION

Rudolph finds himself in this year’s quarterback-heavy draft class towards the middle of the pack. Has the ability to be a good quarterback but will require any team that drafts him to invest at least a year or two in his development on the sideline. Rudolph would benefit tremendously given at least his first year in the pros off to learn from a veteran quarterback ahead of him as he hones his craft. Easily a late second to early third-round pick in this year’s draft.

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