How many quarterbacks will be selected in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft and will Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph be one of them? We have a little less than three weeks remaining before we know the answers to those questions but in the meantime, however, Rudolph appears to be a prospect in high demand as the pre-draft process winds down.
On Friday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network passed along some news about Rudolph and he reports that the quarterback will visit with the Buffalo Bills this weekend and that he’s also already met with, or had workouts with, the Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rapoport adds that the Patriots, who now own two selections in the first-round of this year’s draft as of this past week, recently had a private workout with Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington, who also played at Oklahoma State.
#OKState QB Mason Rudolph will have a top 30 visit with the #Bills this weekend, source said. Buffalo picks 12 and 22. He’s also met with or had workouts for the #Chargers, #Saints, #Giants, #Steelers, #Patriots, and #Bengals. It’s been quiet but very active.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 6, 2018
The Steelers continued reported interest in Rudolph isn’t overly surprising based on things that general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin have both said and done so far this offseason. Both, in fact, attended Rudolph’s pro day a few weeks ago and they spent a lot of time talking to the quarterback along with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner.
This past week, Rudolph was a guest on NFL Total Access and he was asked if there’s one NFL coach he’s talked to this offseason he’d like to play for, or that he’s been impressed by throughout the pre-draft process. Rudolph named Tomlin.
“I know I talked to Coach Tomlin at my Pro Day,” Rudolph said. “What a great guy and what an example of a player’s coach, right. A guy that’s just feels like he’s so in tune with his players and just a fun guy. He knows, obviously, when it’s time to go to work, but he can have a good time and small talk as well.”
As a senior last season, Rudolph threw 37 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. He threw 92 touchdowns in his college career with the Cowboys.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 30, 2018