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Sporting News: Mason Rudolph waiting to prove critics wrong in NFL Draft and beyond

Sporting News: Mason Rudolph waiting to prove critics wrong in NFL Draft and beyond

Consensus opinion is that Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph is the fifth- or sixth best quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft.

Rudolph politely disagrees.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Rudolph, who led major college football in passing yards last season, told Jim Rome in a January interview that he thinks he’s the best quarterback in the 2018 draft class. On Friday, in an interview with Sporting News, he expounded on those thoughts.

In 2017, Rudolph completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards and 37 touchdowns. But most mock drafts, rankings and projections have Wyoming’s Josh Allen, USC’s Sam Darnold, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and UCLA’s Josh Rosen ahead of Mayfield. Some also rank Louisville’s Lamar Jackson ahead of Rudolph, who is widely considered a late first-round to second-round pick.

“That’s the general consensus, right? I mean, I’m with you as far as the talking heads, ESPN, NFL Network,” Rudolph said. “But I think if you talk to those guys and then you talk to the actual decision-makers and the evaluators in the NFL, you get two different opinions.

“I think everyone’s gonna see draft night what’s gonna happen and how it’s all gonna sort itself out.”

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John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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