Former Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has not been among the quarterbacks bandied about as a potential first-round pick in next month’s draft. In fact, the pre-draft process has been pretty darn quiet for the strong-armed signal caller.
Until now. According to this one report, several teams are eyeing Rudolph as a potential late first-round or early second-round pick should he become available.
The report goes on to specifically mention the Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants as possibilities. Of those teams, only the Jaguars boast a late first-round pick. Both Arizona and New York would have to trade up in order to secure Rudolph late in the first round.
As we saw with Teddy Bridgewater a few years back, trading up to the bottom of the first round for a quarterback makes a ton of sense. It gives teams a fifth-year option on the rookie deal. If said player were selected outside the first round, he’d be limited to a four-year contract.
According to NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah, Rudolph is not among the top-50 prospects in the coming draft. Given that Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield could all go on the top 10, that matters very little. Quarterback-needy teams might very well be forced to reach for a player at this position.
A three-year starter in Stillwater, Rudolph concluded his Oklahoma State career having passed for 13,618 yards with 92 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.