QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma St.

6’5″ – 235 lbs. – 4.90

Father was also a college football player at the University of North Carolina. Started two of three games played in his first season with the Cowboys, then took over the starting role in 2015 and enjoyed three highly-productive seasons with escalating output to conclude his college career, culminating in passing for nearly five thousands yards this past season. Easygoing, approachable demeanor off the field. Tall, well-built passer who plays in a shotgun spread offense featuring package plays. Wasn’t really asked to drop back so he’ll have to make an adjustment to working from under center in terms of his footwork and in terms of reading defenses. Flashes the ability to read the whole field, albeit not consistently. Does a good job of utilizing his checkdown options and not taking unnecessary risks with the ball. Gets the ball out quickly with a high release point to avoid batted balls, but could do a better job of transferring his weight to generate velocity. One of the most accurate passers in this year’s class. Was asked to make a lot of pro-style, “big boy” throws down the field and toward the boundaries; racked up far more yardage on downfield passes than other highly-ranked quarterbacks in this year’s class. However, the ball doesn’t always have a ton of life coming out of his hand, which forced him to use anticipation to complete passes at times. Has very good placement, including downfield, where he displays the ability to drop it into a bucket with touch; intermediate passes near the sidelines have a slight tendency to sail on him. Will throw some fifty-fifty passes down the field. Did a good job of protecting the football in college, throwing just twenty-two interceptions over three seasons in the starting lineup despite playing in an offense which called for him to attempt plenty of throws. Has had a little bit of success running the ball on play-fakes or read options, but is not very mobile and doesn’t buy a lot of time with his feet when the protection breaks down. Considered one of the more polarizing quarterback prospects in this year’s class, but has almost all of the tools teams look for in a pocket passer and was asked to do a lot of the things pro teams ask of their quarterbacks in terms of going through progressions, throwing the ball outside the hashes and down the field, and anticipating throws.

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