Mason Rudolph’s draft stock has ranged from No. 1 overall to the early stages of the second round.
One NFL expert believes Rudolph could be the perfect answer for a team looking to a replace a valuable asset lost midseason once the NFL draft is held in April.
Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski wrote that drafting Rudolph would be the ideal solution for the New England Patriots.
With Tom Brady likely entering the final stages of his storied career and Jimmy Garoppolo now with the San Francisco 49ers after being traded in October, Sobleski suggested that Rudolph could provide New England with some much-needed, long-term stability at quarterback.
“Tom Brady is 40 years old, and the team doesn’t have a quarterback succession plan after trading Jimmy Garoppolo….Rudolph may not be considered the same level of prospect as UCLA’s Josh Rosen or USC’s Sam Darnold, but he does fit a set of standards devised by Bill Belichick’s mentor, Bill Parcells. Rudolph started at Oklahoma State for three years, graduated, won more than 23 games, provided a 92-to-26 touchdown-to-interception ratio and completed 63 percent of his passes.”
Given that New England doesn’t own a high pick, the Patriots will have to rely on Rudolph still being available in the late first round/early second round stages should they plan to pick up the former Oklahoma State signal caller.
Rudolph finished his career at Oklahoma State with 13,618 passing yards and 92 touchdown passes. He led the nation with 4,904 passing yards as a senior in 2017, throwing 37 touchdown passes. Rudolph is Oklahoma State’s all-time leading passer.
The NFL draft will take place from April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas — marking the first time the event has been held at an NFL stadium.