Allen: Think the Bills are interested in Rudolph

Listen to what Oklahoma State sideline reporter Robert Allen had to say about Mason Rudolph

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March 23, 2018 - 2:11 pm

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The quarterback conversation continues in Buffalo with the discussion surrounding the possibility of trading up in the 2018 NFL Draft to draft a potential franchise quarterback.

The Bills currently hold on to the 12th overall pick and the 22nd overall pick in the first round, and will try to package both of those picks as part of a deal to likely move into the top-five of the draft.

However, there could be the chance that the Bills do not find a trade partner and end up staying put with both picks in the first round. If that is the case, the Bills may look at other options at quarterback in the first round.

One of those options could be Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. The 22-year-old has been in the discussion as a possibility for some teams, but he is regarded as more of a late first round pick or early second round pick in the draft. In his senior season as the Cowboys' starting quarterback, Rudolph threw for 4,904 yards, 37 touchdowns and completed 65-percent of his passes.

Rudolph is an enticing option for quarterback, being a tall pocket-passing option (6' 5" and 230-pounds) with some decent arm strength. However, he doesn't possess the same amount of hype that guys like Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield have generated.

Cowboys' sideline reporter Robert Allen has seen Rudolph's development over the past four seasons at Oklahoma State. He joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Friday to give his thoughts on the highly-regarded NFL prospect. Here is some of what he had to say:


On his style of play:

"He is very in-tune to the game. He's a baller. He wants to study, he wants to know the defense, he wants to be able to read at a top level, and he delivered that throughout his four years. He just progressively got better. There are some deficiencies. He has struggled some with the intermediate passing game. His deep ball is unbelievable, but I think he's worked on that. I've got to think the scouts and coaches that saw his workout last week in Stillwater have got to be walking away going, 'Wow. That's pretty impressive.'"

On the system he ran with the Cowboys:

"[Head coach] Mike Gundy was having a conversation with one of the Bills' scouts. He explained to him that in OSU's system, they give the quarterbacks a ton of freedom. He does a lot of the management of the game on his own. He makes a lot of calls on the field, a lot of calls at the line of scrimmage. He said you have to be really smart to be our quarterback. You can't just walk out, telling the offensive coordinator to deliver the plays and just go and do your job physically. You've got to be mentally into the game. The Buffalo scout, the way he was reacting to him, I walked away right then thinking Buffalo was really, really interested."

On his leadership:

"I thought the first couple of years that Mason kind of let other guys lead, and I believe that if you're a quarterback, you have to be a leader. The quarterback position commands that you have to be a leader. I think the first couple of years, he put that in auto-drive, which was a mistake. When he became a junior, he became the leader that I thought he should be."

You can listen to the entire interview below:

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