Tom Brady’s time in a New England Patriots uniform will be drawing to a close in coming years, so the Pats could be looking to draft the heir apparent to the quarterback throne in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph recently held a private workout with the Patriots, along with fellow teammate, receiver James Washington.
Of note for the #Patriots, who now have 2 first-round picks: They recently had a private workout with #OKState QB Mason Rudolph, touted WR James Washington, and others. A source at the school describes Rudolph, likely first-rounder, as extremely busy with meetings and workouts.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 6, 2018
In three-plus years as OSU’s starting quarterback, Rudolph finished with 13,618 yards, 92 touchdowns and 26 interceptions with a passing efficiency rating of 159.7 and a completion percentage of 63.2.
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback finished off his college career with his best season yet. During a highly-productive senior year in 2017, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards, 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions in an offense that hammered defenses with a wide-range of arial attacks.
Washington is regarded as one of top receivers in this year’s draft class after coming off of back-to-back seasons with 70-plus receptions, 1,300-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns.
Last season the six-foot, 213 pound receiver caught 74 balls, for 1,549 yards and 13 touchdowns. And he finished his four years of football at OSU with 226 receptions, 4,472 yards, and 39 touchdowns in 51 games.
Following the Brandin Cooks trade to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, the Patriots now have a plethora of picks in the 2018 NFL Draft:
— 2 first-round picks (23, 31)
— 2 second-round picks (43, 63)
— 1 third-round pick (95)
— 2 sixth-round picks (198, 210)
— 1 seventh-round pick (219)
The NFL.com mock draft doesn’t have either player going in the first round. And ESPN‘s mock draft with Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, have Rudolph going in either the early or parter portion of the second round.
According to Mike Mayock via Zack Cox of NESN, Rudolph sounds like he could be a fit here in New England.
“As far as the Patriots are concerned, I think there are some interesting second- and third-round potential quarterbacks this year,” Mayock said. “I think Mason Rudolph from Oklahoma State is a really logical player. Prototypical, dropback type of guy. I don’t think he has great escapability, but I think he can do what the Patriots’ offense asks him to do.”
So there’s certainly a possibility that the Patriots draft a quarterback in the upcoming draft, particularly with one of their picks in the first two rounds.
The 2018 NFL Draft kicks off on April 26 at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
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