Mason Rudolph Draft Profile

Mason Rudolph draft profile


  • Size
  • Got rid of the ball quicker and cut his sacks this year
  • Slides in pocket for clean launch points and is rarely a static target for rushers
  • Keeps eyes trained downfield when sliding around pocket
  • Reads safeties and moves to his progressions accordingly
  • Has steadily improved each season and showed full command of the offense this year
  • Puts air under his deep throws and gives receivers a chance to make plays
  • Ran zone reads around endzone and finished with 17 rushing touchdowns during career
  • Saw 10 percent of his dropbacks turn into 25-plus yard completions

Analysis: Mason Rudolph is a 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 has the ideal size you look for in a pocket QB and he is not afraid to take a hit in order to deliver the ball where it needs to be. He has solid pocket presence, sliding when he feels the rush, keeping his release point clean and an erratic target for pass rushers. He is one of the best QB’s in this class throwing the deep ball–he understands how to put air under his throw, allowing his receiver a chance to make a play. He has sneaky athleticism in his 6’5 frame, running the read option very well during his time with the Cowboys–had 17 rushing touchdowns in his college career. He wasn’t asked to go through progressions a lot, but when he did, it was fluid and he was able to look safeties off. The improvement each year on campus shows scouts he is a hard worker and is coming into his own.


  • Rarely drives lower body through the throw causing ball to sail and float
  • Needs to throw with better timing and placement on comeback and outs
  • Velocity is not ideal
  • Ball will come out wobbly at times
  • Inexperienced as rollout passer
  • Wasn’t asked to get through many progressions in the offense
  • Has had ball security issues as a starter
  • Field-side outs will be a challenge
  • Defaults to off-platform throws when he has time to step and deliver
  • Ball placement and decision making can run askew

Analysis: Mason Rudolph ran the Air Raid offense at Oklahoma State and there are major questions how he will translate to the NFL game. Ask yourself this, when was the last time a Big 12 quarterback was thought of as an above average starter in the NFL—I’ll wait. While this really has nothing to do with Rudolph as a person/player, Big 12 QB’s struggle to adapt to the NFL game. There could be a multitude of reasons for it (the offensive systems, defenses, players) but until a Big 12 QB lights the world on fire, it will continue every year. Rudolph does not have the arm strength NFL teams covet and the velocity behind his throws leave a lot to be desired. He’s had ball security issues throughout his collegiate career and will need to focus on that part of his game in the pros. Timing can be an issue. Footwork goes wacky at times, especially in the face of pass rushers. System created open receivers without Rudolph doing anything.

What the scouts say: “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

Size: 6’5 235lbs

Draft Grade: Day 2 Grade

NFL Comparison: Matt Cassel

Draft Projection: Round 2


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