Mason Rudolph: 2018 NFL draft prospect
Oklahoma State quarterback,Mason Rudolph comes into the 2017 season as a favorite for the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. Some say he could even be the first quarterback to be drafted. But being from the Big 12 might hurt his chances.
College: Oklahoma State #2
- Second team All-Big 12 in 2015.
- Honorable mention All-Big 12 in 2016, behind Baker Mayfield and Pat Mahomes.
- Considered a Heisman candidate for 2017.
- Has a 2018 potential first round NFL draft choice as a target.
- James Washington, Oklahoma State wide receiver, is the number three wide receiver on the NFL Draft Board at this time.
Mason Rudolph has some of the best touch in the class. QB1 pic.twitter.com/OugH0yKivU
— Azad (@azad_sxt) May 2, 2017
NFL Draft Board Breakdown
Mason Rudolph was going to redshirt his freshman year in 2014. But an injury to starting quarterback, Daxx Garman, propelled Rudolph onto the field. Mason played in a total of three games his freshman year going 49 for 86. A 57% completion rate. He racked up 853 yards and threw six touchdowns with four interceptions.
Rudolph took over as starting quarterback for the Cowboys his sophomore year completing over 62% of his passes for 3770 yards. Adding 21 touchdowns against 9 interceptions.
Last year, 2016, Rudolph completed over 63% of her passes for 4091 yards, with 28 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Way-too-early 2018 NFL mock draft
1. QB Sam Darnold ➡️ Jets
2. S Derwin James ➡️ Browns
3. QB Mason Rudolph ➡️ 49ershttps://t.co/JDUeb4YcuE
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 3, 2017
2018 NFL draft potential
At 6-5 and 235, Mason Rudolph comes in a prototypical pro quarterback package. But there is still competition in the 2018 NFL draft at the quarterback position.
Right now, there are seven quarterbacks ranked in the top 32 of the 2018 NFL Draft Board. The 1983 NFL draft is considered one of the best quarterback classes in history. NFL teams drafted six quarterbacks in the 1983 NFL draft. Three of the quarterbacks, John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino made it into the Hall of Fame.
Watch the whole Elway to Marino draft here.
History goes against Mason Rudolph
The one thing working against Mason Rudolph in the 2018 NFL draft has nothing to do with Rudolph. The Big 12 hasn’t produced a successful NFL quarterback in the history of the Big 12. The closest being Andy Dalton from TCU. But TCU was a member of the Mountain West at the time Dalton was drafted.
No matter, NFL teams still draft Big 12 quarterbacks in the first round. The Kansas City Chiefs moved up 17 slots in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Texas Tech quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.
So, an NFL team still might draft Mason Rudolph in the first round. Then it is up to him to determine whether his career is successful or not.