New England’s trade to obtain the No. 23 overall pick could have major implications in the NFL Draft quarterbacks race.
The Patriots sent Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to Los Angeles Rams for the Rams’ first-round pick on Tuesday. And one player the Patriots might target in the first round is former Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, according to SI’s Peter King.
They need a quarterback heir to soon-to-be 41-year-old Tom Brady. They need a left tackle after the departure of Nate Solder to the Giants in free agency. They need a corner and could use a young receiver to build around. … At quarterback, it makes much more sense to stand pat for a second-tier quarterback like Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph.
Rudolph wouldn’t be an immediate threat to taking the Patriots starting job, but there’s few situations better for a rookie quarterback than to learn under a player like Tom Brady.
The Patriots could groom Rudolph for a few seasons, while Brady wraps his illustrious career — whenever that may be.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Other NFL writers seem to also think Rudolph would be a good fit for the Patriots.
Boston Globe’s Ben Volin
Find a way to get Mason Rudolph https://t.co/SZnfwWUCVm
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) April 4, 2018
Sports Illustrated’s Jonathan Jones
Looking forward to watching Mason Rudolph win his fifth Super Bowl with 76-year-old Bill Belichick in 2029
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) April 3, 2018
SB Nation’s Doug Moore
In my own personal opinion, I think it should be down to 2-3 QBs for the #Patriots.
Lamar Jackson (unlikely unless he slips to 31)
Mason Rudolph (probably will bbe gone if not picked at 43 or sooner)
Kyle Lauletta (likely gone before NE’s pick in 3rd)
— Doug Moore (@DMooreNFL) April 2, 2018
BlackSportsOnline.com’s Robert Littal
Pats going to take Mason Rudolph; Rudolph flying under the radar, but you can make a case he is as good or better than all the other QBs
— Robert Littal (@BSO) April 3, 2018
Rotoworld’s Jesse Pantuosco
Patriots now have 2 first-rounders & 3 picks in the top 43. They should be well-positioned to make a run at Mason Rudolph.
— Jesse Pantuosco (@JessePantuosco) April 4, 2018
The only trouble for the Patriots is what teams like the Ravens, Chargers and Bills do ahead of them. Rudolph could go be a top-20 draft pick with the demand for quarterback. Although, it seems the Patriots are positioned to have a chance at the former Cowboys quarterback.