Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Joe Marino
Name: Mason Rudolph
Date of Birth: 7/17/1995
College: Oklahoma State
High School: Northwestern (South Carolina)
Games Played: 28
Games Started: 28
Production: 597/958 (62.3 percent), 8,714 yards, 9.1 yards/attempt, 55 touchdowns, 17 interceptions.
High School: State Champion as senior. Finalist for South Carolina’s “Mr. Football” award. MVP of the Shrine Bowl which is the Carolina’s all-star game. Two-time All-Region selection. All-Region basketball player as a junior. Chose Oklahoma State over LSU, Louisville, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Four-star recruit.
College: 22-6 record as starting quarterback and lead Oklahoma State to eight victories in which the trailed in the second half. Owns 11 school passing records. 2015 Offensive Team MVP. 2016 Offensive Team MVP, Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Award Semifinalist. Only player in nation with over 4,000 passing yards and 34 passing attempts per game to throw less than 5 interceptions.
Strengths: Excels at pushing the football vertically down the field. Delivers the football accurately with excellent touch. Has a fastball when necessary. Knows how to identify leverage advantages with his receivers and put the ball where it needs to go. Does well to lead receivers into space and make throws between zones. Clean and efficient throwing motion. Footwork is consistent in his drops and is able to slide within the pocket well to escape rushers and find throwing windows. Able to alter his platform and arm angle to executes throws. Ideal stature, experience and production.
Weaknesses: Has some inconsistency with lower body weight transfer and it causes the ball to get away from him occasionally when making quick throws. Pressure can get to him. Although he can manipulate the pocket well, his accuracy on the move and in the face of pressure noticeably declines.
Summary: There are many components to Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph that are indicative of a first-round prospect. His accuracy and ability to challenge the intermediate and deep portions of the field make him exciting. His size (6050, 230), experience (28 starts already), production (22-6 record as starter with impressive numbers) also check important boxes.
Rudolph orchestrates his offense with precision, challenging all three levels of the field with consistency. His command of the huddle is apparent while also coming through routinely in big moments. Already leading eight second half comeback wins, Rudolph’s debut as a true freshman and the end of the season to remove his redshirt and win at Oklahoma in overtime to make the Cowboys bowl-eligible and then defeating Washington in the Cactus Bowl was remarkable.
The expectations are high for Rudolph and Oklahoma State this season but with Rudolph leading an outstanding supporting cast, I believe the Cowboys will deliver. I expect Rudolph to be an ascending prospect throughout the course of the season and him to really excel in the post-season events (all-star circuit, pro day, combine).
Predicted Value Range: First Round