5 Steelers who are over-hyped entering the 2020 season

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Mason Rudolph

When the Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph, I thought it was like getting a first-round QB in the third round. I thought it was very justified that the Steelers gave up an extra seventh-rounder to get him.

Mason Rudolph was given a redshirt year in 2018 to develop behind Ben Roethlisberger and Josh Dobbs. In the 2019 preseason, he won the job behind Ben Roethlisberger.

I would define the 2019 regular season as a disappointment for Mason Rudolph. I thought he was the guy who could become the successor to Ben Roethlisberger when he retires. Mason Rudolph fell short of expectation for me.

I do qualify that statement as saying that in the early part of 2019 he was an inexperienced quarterback but it was made worse by a grueling concussion. Mason Rudolph may be the toughest quarterback I have ever seen after the hit he took against the Ravens and how he magically walked off the field on his own volition.

He is a strong-minded character. In his confrontation with Myles Garrett, he didn’t back down from the star pass rusher. He also remained calm in the press conference after.

This toughness leads me to believe that Rudolph has the mentality to bounce back. However, his play in 2019 will not sustain him for a long career if he plays the way that he did in 2019.