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Mason Rudolph’s college stats are better than you might expect

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Compared to the majority of the top rated quarterbacks in this class, Rudolph’s passing numbers are off the charts

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Mason Rudolph isn’t seen as a top-flight quarterback prospect but his numbers will tell you otherwise. Rudolph started three years, his sophomore through senior seasons, for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. In those three years his numbers noticeably improved.

In his sophomore season, Rudolph started 13 games, throwing for 3,770 yards, 21 touchdowns, and nine interceptions all while managing to keep a 62.3% completion percentage and a 8.9 yards per attempt average. Oklahoma State played Missouri in their bowl game that year where Rudolph struggled. He went 18-for-31 for 179 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Rudolph made a step in the right direction in his second year as a starter. Again he started 13 games, throwing for 4,091 yards, 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He upped his completion percentage from 62.3% to 63.4% and yards per attempt from 8.9 to 9.1. His junior season, Oklahoma State played Colorado in their bowl game and Rudolph had his best bowl performance of his career. Rudolph managed to go 22-for-32 for 314 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Rudolph’s final season at Oklahoma State was his most impressive when he took a huge leap from his years prior. Another 13 games as a starter under his belt, he threw for 4,904 yards, 37 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. His completion percentage went up again from 63.4% to 65% while his yards per attempt jumped from 9.1 to 10, which can be a contributing factor to his increase in interceptions. In his final bowl game against Virginia Tech, Rudolph went 21-for-32 for 351 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions, capping off his collegiate career with a win.

Rudolph is seen as a pocket passer but his more athletic than he is given credit for. He isn't as polarizing as the rest of the top quarterbacks in this class but he could become a good starter in the league if he ends up with the right team. Depending on how the draft falls, Rudolph could be a mid-late first-round pick or he could fall to the second round. If the Buffalo Bills wanted to sit where they are and keep their picks, Rudolph might be an option for them at 22nd overall.

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