4 traits Mason Rudolph is lacking to be a franchise QB for Steelers

Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /


Though I’ve broken down dozens of games of Mason Rudolph, including his tape at Oklahoma State, it only takes a few games to figure out the type of passer that he is. As a statue of a quarterback, Rudolph needs to be much more accurate than what he is. Instead, we can describe him as ‘generally accurate’ – giving his receiver a chance at the ball, but not always in perfect stride.

A player like Matt Ryan, for instance, would be the opposite. Though Ryan clearly lacks the mobility to get outside of the pocket often, he is what we would classify as a precision passer with his ability to drop the ball in a bucket and hit a crosser in perfect stride across the field. Rudolph doesn’t have these same traits when it comes to accuracy.

Much like his average velocity, we could live with this subpar trait if he were a more complete player in other areas of the game, but that’s not the case.

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With an average NFL arm, a severe lack of mobility, and questionable pocket awareness, it’s really hard to believe that Mason Rudolph will be anything more than a quality backup throughout his career – even with a somewhat promising game against the Browns to close out the season. If you’re asking me, the Steelers would be wise to invest in a quarterback with more physical tools and upside than Rudolph moving forward.