After yesterday’s heartbreaking 37-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans, it’s time to continue our series on scouting 2018 draft-eligible quarterbacks.
Blake Bortles had a miserable game, entering the 4th quarter (down 23-3) with a stat line of 11-25 for 89 yards and two interceptions. At one point before the fourth quarter, his QB rating was 4.8.
The reason I split Bortles’ first three quarters and the fourth quarter is due to his typical “garbage time” performance padding his stats — He went 9-9 for for 134 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the Titans lead never dropped below 20.
The bottom line is, quarterback is still the Jaguars’ biggest position of need. After breaking down Lamar Jackson’s 2016 film and stats in our last QB profile piece, let’s take a look at Oklahoma State senior quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Remember, the way we’re doing these reports are going over seven GIFs from two games of each prospect’s 2016 season to sum up their strengths and weaknesses, as there is very little-to-no film up from 2017 yet. Following the film, we will go over the prospect’s 2016 production.
2016 film review
Mason Rudolph is a 6-4, 230 lb senior quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He returned for his senior year to continue to refine placement issues that I will go over later on, but in terms of making short/mid throws and ability to scan the field from both in and out of the pocket, Rudolph looks like an NFL QB.
In terms of the routes his route tree, he can hit the 2-7 (2-slant, 3-comeback, 4-curl, 5-out, 6-dig, 7-corner) routes well, especially the 7 on play action roll-outs. That is essentially the Jaguars entire route tree, as they’re running a run-heavy offense that thrives on short/mid throws when the QB is actually given a chance to throw.
Above, Rudolph hits his slot WR on a dig across the middle of the field. He both leads the WR to give him some separation from the free safety, as well as squeezed the ball in between two closing defenders.
Here, Rudolph twists and releases quickly to the out route and puts the ball exactly where it needs to be, away from any defenders. A solid chunk play.
Rudolph is a mobile QB as well. He may not lead the league in rushing for quarterbacks, but he can move all around and outside of the pocket and make throws without setting his feet, as well as break free on a run of his own on occasion.
Rudolph is inconsistent on his deep ball, but he can hit the nine route on occasion. He places this pass just about perfectly, and it ended in a 91 yard touchdown.
However, for every great deep ball, there is a bad one from Rudolph where he either puts too much air under the ball, or places it poorly and the receiver must adjust to it:
Something Rudolph lacks is consistent arm strength. He can launch a deep ball, but he struggles with zip on some short passes:
If Rudolph can get the ball where it needs to be when it needs to be there, then arm strength isn’t a huge concern. But this is something Rudolph needs to improve on in his 2017 season.
In 2016, Rudolph completed 284 of his 448 passes (63.4%) for 4091 yards, and 28 touchdowns vs. four interceptions. He averaged 9.1 yards per attempt and 10 adjusted yards per attempt. To kick off his 2017 season, Rudolph has gone 68/94 (72.3%) for 1135 yards, and 11 TDs vs, one INT in three games. He’s currently averaging 12.1 Y/A (13.9 AY/A). He’s been on fire, to put it lightly.
Mason Rudolph has some work to do on his ball placement and velocity, but in terms of hitting the throws that the Jaguars want to include in their game-plan, he certainly seems like a fit. We will check back in on Rudolph when his 2017 season is over and when he has plenty of film available.