Steelers ranked Mason Rudolph alongside first-round quarterbacks

AP

The Steelers became the first team to take a quarterback after the end of the first round when they traded up in the third round to draft Mason Rudolph.

Pittsburgh had to give a seventh-round pick to the Seahawks for the chance to move up three spots, which General Manager Kevin Colbert called a “minimal” price to eliminate the risk that a quarterback they “valued as much as the rest of those quarterbacks that were drafted” in the first round would end up somewhere else.

“He was with the group of the top quarterbacks,” Colbert said, via PennLive.com. “That was a really good position. That’s very unique to the draft. It usually doesn’t come through with a nice group like that. … We haven’t had that much depth at the top of the draft at [quarterback] in a long time. Mason was certainly a part of that group in our opinion.”

Rudolph will veer away from the rest of that group when it comes to the expectations for this season. While all five quarterbacks taken in the first round have veterans in front of them on the depth chart now, it would be little surprise to see that change before 2018 is out. That’s highly unlikely for reasons other than injury in Pittsburgh, which should leave plenty of time for Rudolph to learn about the pro game.

22 responses to “Steelers ranked Mason Rudolph alongside first-round quarterbacks

  1. He was still available in the 3rd round for a reason, but hey, when you can’t beat Tim Tebow or Blake Bortles (at home) I guess desperation sets in

  2. This has nothing to do with Rudolph. The reason he will be the most successful of any qb taken is because his offensive line, wrs, tight end, and running back are all among the best in the nfl. And he gets to learn from a hall of Famer. Bravo to the Steelers for making a great pick. And I hate the steelers.

    Any of the other 4 that were taken before Rudolph would also have huge success if they had been taken by the Steelers. There isn’t a better situation in the nfl for a rookie qb than being a part of the steeler offense and knowing their qb is almost done.

    The qbs that will struggle the most are the ones with poor offenses around them. Buffalo, jets are not very good so those two will both struggle. Cardinals and browns are iffy, but I’d give the edge to the browns because they have two proven wrs and a good tight end. Not sure about that line though.

  3. I really wish that my Cards would have drafted a top corner in the first round and Rudolph in the second or even better third rounds… Leave it to them to pick the wrong guy tho. Some things never change…

  4. Leave it to the Steelers to draft a safety in the first round that they could’ve selected in the 3rd round. I guess that’s why they’ve been passed by the Jags in the AFC pecking order and continue to be no match for the Patriots.

  5. “valued as much as the rest of those quarterbacks that were drafted” in the first round would end up somewhere else.

    “He was with the group of the top quarterbacks,” Colbert said
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    Bet if the Steelers were drafting in the top 10 and took another QB he wouldn’t be saying that.

  6. I call total BS on Colbert. Rudolph was not graded the same as the other QBs. I can’t believe anyone is buying this non sense. First off we all know from every personnel report he was the 6th best qb and that’s where he went.
    Second, if Colbert really thought he was similar in ability to Mayfield, Darnold, Allen, and Rosen, he would have taken Rudolph no lower than the second round. If you supposedly thought he was that good why would he be around for you to take him in the 3rd? Answer…because he was a 3rd round talent and that’s the grade other teams had on him. Nice try Kevin trying to make it sound like you got a first round talent in the third

  7. polksaladandy says:
    April 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Leave it to the Steelers to draft a safety in the first round that they could’ve selected in the 3rd round. I guess that’s why they’ve been passed by the Jags in the AFC pecking order and continue to be no match for the Patriots.
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    Yeah good luck to Jacksonville trying to maintain that success with Bortles at QB.

    Watch for the Steelers to finally take out NE with an improved defense led by their stud #1 pick.

  8. Leave it to the Steelers to draft a safety in the first round that they could’ve selected in the 3rd round. I guess that’s why they’ve been passed by the Jags in the AFC pecking order and continue to be no match for the Patriots.

    If not for a blow goal line call the Steelers would played someone other than the Jags. And one year is hardly a trend so try again Gomer.

  9. Of course they’re going to say that, whether or not it’s true. Fact is, if the Steelers valued him this high, they wouldn’t have reached for a safety in the first round, while letting him slide into round three, especially with Ben’s status constantly shifting like the wind.

  10. Rudolph will be the best qb in this class, wait and see. Cardinals screwed up taking big mouth Rosen. They should have taken James Washington in the 1st round and Rudolph in the 2nd or vice versa. The Steelers were genius in getting both together, they will be a force for years….

  11. “I really wish that my Cards would have drafted a top corner in the first round and Rudolph in the second…”

    And as a real Cards fan, thank goodness no one listened to you or Gregg Moore at the AZ Republic.

    We have been to that party before…pass on a good QB and a draft a question-mark DB who is either a bust, or is good enough to leave in a couple of years.

    Thank god we didn’t go down that route again…we have picked up QBs in the late rounds like Logan Thomas, with great fanfare only to watch them crash and burn…now the guy is playing tight end for the Bills !

    The Cards nailed it. The Steelers pretending that they just got over on the league by stealing a great QB doesn’t change the equation…it’s pure fantasy. Check back on this guy in three years and see if he’s still on anyone’s practice squad.

  12. Well, Mason Rudolph is 6′ 5″, 229 lbs. Not much of a runner, but a decent scrambler and tough to tackle. He’s got a strong arm and can make all the throws. In my opinion? The Steelers took the guy they thought had the best combination of looking the most like Ben, best work ethic and character, and the most potential upside.

    This pick is also from the new OC, Fitchner, who would like to be still running the offense after Ben retires, and would like the easiest QB transition possible. Rudolph is gonna have to sit a couple years first though while Ben’s window is still open.

    Go Steelers!

  13. By the numbers Rudolph could have gone #1. As for our safety in the first I’ve learned not to question the Steelers brass because they know WTH they doing. Also it has been said, and I quote,”This guy plays like his hair is on fire”! Speaking of Edmunds that is. Rudolph is the 2nd coming of Big Ben and he has a chip on his shoulders. I’m hoping Big Ben has 3 HOF years left! Then its Big Ben 2.0!

  14. ya whatever……would you say the same thing if you didn’t get him? Plus are you saying that all the pro scouts in the league don’t know what they are doing because he wasn’t rated as high as the other q.b’s?

    this is one of the many reasons why we all hate the Stoolers.

  15. After this year’s Steelers’ draft, at least “butterfingers” Jesse James can say, “Hey, I’m not the only one dropping balls.” Hahaha.

  16. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    After this year’s Steelers’ draft, at least “butterfingers” Jesse James can say, “Hey, I’m not the only one dropping balls

    Looks like Brady didn’t exactly have any Lester Hayes stick-um on his hands when he got lobbed the ball in the SB either, did he??

  17. Ok I don’t like defending the Steelers but he didn’t say he was first round talent. He said he was “with the group of top quarterbacks” which isn’t wrong. I also heard him say basically the same thing on Sirius NFL and he added that because this class was QB deep he ended up where he was. Any other year he might have gone a lot higher. Which is also true.

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