Former Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph got a head start on learning from an NFL veteran this week.
Rudolph had the chance to work out with Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton on Monday, according to NFL.com.
The workout was arranged by Rudolph’s private coach, former Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson. It seems Rudolph had a great time picking Dalton’s brain and getting a feel for how one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL operates during the offseason.
“It was a cool opportunity to throw with a guy like that and see how you stack up and also grab a tidbit of information, mechanics advice here and there. It was the first time I’ve met Andy. He was really down to earth, and he’s a really hard worker in the offseason,” Rudolph said. “Some guys play a lot of golf in the offseason and he plays golf too, but he definitely has an offseason routine that works for him.”
Rudolph might have more opportunities to learn under an NFL veteran depending on where he gets drafted.
It’s expected Rudolph could land with a franchise with an established quarterback to groom Rudolph for a few seasons before competing for the starting job.
Dalton definitely wouldn’t be a bad mentor for Rudolph.
The Bengals quarterback, who was a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, has played all seven of his seasons in the NFL in Cincinnati. The former TCU standout earned Pro Bowl selections in 2011, 2014 and 2016, and he was a two-time Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year award winner in college.
Rudolph will know his future home when the 2018 NFL Draft arrives in Arlington, Texas. The first round of the draft begins on April 26, while the second and third rounds will take place April 27.