Mason Rudolph Takes Exception to Not Being Drafted with Top Tier of 2018 QBs

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph throws during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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After five quarterbacks were selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, it was a long gap before the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Mason Rudolph with the 76th overall pick in Round 3.

Unsurprisingly, the Oklahoma State product was not happy about the disrespect, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN:

There seemed to be a significant tier system in the quarterback prospects this year, with Baker Mayfield (No. 1), Sam Darnold (3), Josh Allen (7) and Josh Rosen (10) considered well above the rest. They were each taken in the top 10 picks. There was more uncertainty around Lamar Jackson, though the Ravens selected him at No. 32.

Rudolph was widely considered the No. 6 player at the position, including by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. Of course, most thought he would be taken in the early second round—not the late third.

While he won't likely get a chance to prove his doubters wrong next season with Ben Roethlisberger entrenched as the starter, he could potentially take over down the line. 

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