Mason Rudolph is a name that oftentimes gets lost when discussing quarterbacks in this year’s draft. With big names like Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen on the board, it’s no wonder why Rudolph is overlooked.
The 6’5″ Rudolph is a raw talent that hasn’t been developed. Like most prospects, he has a lot of strengths accompanied by alarming weaknesses.
Teams are going to fall in love with the size and ability of this 22-year-old quarterback out of Oklahoma State. He has great size and height in the pocket. He’s a patient thrower of the football and waits for routes to completely develop without forcing throws.
Size and passing ability aside, he can be mobile when he has to and keeps his eyes downfield while on the run. Rudolph rushed for 17 career touchdowns which is impressive for a college quarterback of his size.
While he has improved every year he’s played in college, Rudolph will be a project at the QB position in the NFL because of his weaknesses.
Weaknesses exist with Rudolph and they’re hard to hide. He’s prone to overthrowing receivers because he relies too much on sheer upper-body strength. He’s a poor decision-maker when scrambling and that is something that will definitely need to be improved.
The biggest question with Mason Rudolph is whether or not his prolific game will be able to translate to the NFL.
FIT IN CLEVELAND
At the end of the day, Mason Rudolph is definitely a project QB. It would be shocking if Mason Rudolph was taken in the first round. It’s unlikely the Browns draft him.
An interesting scenario to land Rudolph would be if the Browns steered clear of a QB in the top five. For example, the Browns would draft Bradley Chubb and Saquon Barkley, then draft Rudolph later on. Still, Lamar Jackson is probably higher up on draft boards than Mason Rudolph.
John Dorsey and the Cleveland Browns possess the 33rd and 35th pick during the second day of the draft. These picks are probably way too soon for Rudolph, especially if a quarterback is selected with No. 1 or 4 overall.