Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph leads the FBS in passing yards. Could he replace the NFL’s reigning leader in that category?
In The Athletic’s Chris Burke’s first 2018 NFL mock draft, he has Rudolph going 24th overall to the New Orleans Saints. There, Rudolph would be the heir apparent to Drew Brees, who led the NFL in passing yards in each of the past three seasons.
“The Mark Ingram-Alvin Kamara backfield combo has taken heat off Brees in 2017, but he’ll still be 39 in January,” Burke wrote. “Rudolph is an experienced, accurate quarterback, from a system in which he slings it around. He could keep this offense humming post-Brees.”
Rudolph is the fourth quarterback off Burke’s board, behind UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. He is two picks ahead of 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.
During his time at Oklahoma State, Rudolph has set more than 30 program records, including passing touchdowns, passing yards and victories as a starting quarterback. This season, he also broke 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders’ Oklahoma State record for total touchdowns in a senior.
Rudolph won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for top senior or fourth-year quarterback on the field, in the classroom and in the community. He also a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award for best collegiate quarterback and finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting.
Rudolph’s final game as a Cowboy will be Dec. 28, when he’ll lead Oklahoma State against Virginia Tech in the Camping World Bowl.
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