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: Kyle Crabbs
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.
Games watched: Pittsburgh (2016), Baylor (2016), West Virginia (2016), Oklahoma (2016)
Strengths: Makes the most of a wide open spread offense. Has excellent command of the offense and is comfortable making protection calls and audibles based on pre-snap reads. Has some nice anticipation throwing into holes against zone coverage in the middle of the field, does well to throw to a spot and allow receivers to carry routes to the football.
Has good accuracy when pushing the ball down the field, threw a notably greater number of catchable deep throws than any other senior QB studied. Has good loft and touch on vertical throws as well; will allow receivers to work in vertical throwing windows to adjust to the ball and optimize catch radius.
Has a plus arm, good placement skills and natural push thanks to fairly clean throwing mechanics and consistency with feet to slide and keep balanced base of support. Has a needed level of athleticism to extend plays from the pocket and does well to identify check-down options and allow players to make a play.
Weaknesses: Biggest issue is bad habit of forcing some throws when facing pressure. Has a big body and willing to take shots but needs to accept some plays and not get greedy trying to disperse to covered receivers or against squatting zone defenders. Has also mis-read some vertical shots, trying to throw away from a buzzing defender but will throw out of available area for a catch; needs to attack a defender’s flipped hips more assertively and let receiver carry speed past a potential challenge.
Summary: Oklahoma State’s Quarterback, Mason Rudolph, has the ability to be an excellent passer at the NFL level. As with many vertical/spread prospects, Rudolph presents a difficult evaluation based on his college film. Many of his throws are into vast space courtesy of spacing at the college level; yet that should not detract from the multiple quality traits that Rudolph puts on film.
Built like a prototypical pocket passer and gifted with enough athleticism to flush the pocket with some modest success, Rudolph sports a plus arm in terms of both ball placement and arm strength. Mason Rudolph’s mental grasp over operating at the line of scrimmage is something that should be a very positive omen for NFL success, especially considering he still has another year to play.
Rudolph is back at Oklahoma State after flirting with the NFL in 2017; he’s joined by his favorite target, WR James Washington. The two show excellent chemistry and timing to throws in all levels of the field and provided he stays healthy, Mason Rudolph should be in play in the first round next spring.
Predicted Value Range: First Round Range