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Bills reportedly considered Mason Rudolph in Round 1 before Josh Allen trade

Mason Rudolph

The Buffalo Bills had themselves a rather interesting draft. Most will conclude that trading up for Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen was somewhat of a reach. That’s putting it nicely. Though, Buffalo did overcome said reach by also picking up talented linebacker Tremaine Edmunds later in the first round.

The issue here for Buffalo is that Allen is seen as a major project. He’s unlikely to be a Day 1 starter, meaning career backup A.J. McCarron will almost assuredly be under center Week 1.

If the Allen trade had not worked out, there’s a decent chance that Buffalo would have made an even larger reach for a quarterback in Round 1. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, that would have included taking Oklahoma State product Mason Rudolph No. 22 overall.

As it is, Rudolph lasted until the 76th pick in the third round when the Pittsburgh Steelers snagged him up. There’s a huge difference between taking a quarterback within the top-25 picks and seeing said signal caller go at the end of Day 2.

It’s going to be an interesting dynamic to look at. Pittsburgh selected Rudolph to be the heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger. We an expect Allen and Rudolph to see their careers cross paths more than once in the AFC moving forward.