Mason Rudolph Scouting Report


"He's mastered the touch pass out of necessity because of pedestrian arm strength. His pocket movement, accuracy, and processing translate well but his arm strength and inflated production are flags."

Star Tribune

Strengths:

Solid accuracy overall and particularly good bucket throw accuracy. Quick feet and sets up smoothly. Has the mobility to buy time and pick up first downs. Can stand in under pressure and fire. Flashes progression read throws.

Weaknesses:

Arm strength/velocity is just beyond the threshold for a pro QB. Doesn't drive throws. Shows great touch but lobs up everything. Fumbles on contact too often. Faces the transition from the Cowboys raid scheme.

Overall:

Rudolph has mastered the touch pass out of necessity because of pedestrian arm strength. But he's generally accurate and can throw under pressure or buy time and throw. The Cowboys scheme, however, has afforded him mostly clean pockets and he rarely had to succeed in a tightening pocket.

He's had sustained success and monster production in the raid scheme and will need a transition period to grab onto a more sophisticated offense. That said, the transition issue for college spread and raid QBs is steadily becoming a non-factor. His pocket movement, accuracy, and processing translate well but his arm strength and inflated production are flags. I think he's just shy of an Andy Dalton as a prospect.

There's an obvious Brandon Weeden comp there but Weeden failed primarily because he struggled with off schedule throws. His footwork and delivery was too mechanical for the maelstrom of the NFL. Rudolph doesn't have as strong an arm but is much lighter on his feet and a little more comfortable with improvisation.

NFL Comp: Andy Dalton

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