Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been mentoring Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph this week.
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph continues his path to the draft as he met up with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton starting on Monday. Rudolph’s private coach, Zac Robinson, has worked with Dalton for years and got the two together to give Rudolph some inside look at the life of an NFL quarterback. The two met in Dallas at Highland Park High where they practiced in the indoor practice facility.
Dalton was able to give Rudolph pointers on mechanics and route trees. He gave some advice on what to expect once drafted as well as rookie OTA’s and rookie minicamp. They went over how Dalton prepares for games in the NFL as well. It seems that Rudolph took a lot away from the visit as he talked about it on NFL Network’s Path to the Draft program.
“It was a cool opportunity to throw with a guy like that and see how you stack up and also grab a tidbit of information, mechanics advice here and there. It was the first time I’ve met Andy. He was really down to earth, and he’s a really hard worker in the offseason,” Rudolph said. “Some guys play a lot of golf in the offseason and he plays golf too, but he definitely has an offseason routine that works for him.”
Rudolph will likely be drafted to throw alongside a veteran quarterback and learn as a backup his first season in the NFL. Whether that be the Bengals who lost backup quarterback A.J. McCarron in the offseason and have backup quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and Matt Barkley is still unknown. Either way it seemed to be a good glimpse at what life will be like for Rudolph at the next step.
The young quarterback also spent time as a counselor the last three years at the Manning Passing Academy. The camp is run and owned by the Manning family (Peyton, Eli, and Archie). Rudolph not only helped young up and coming quarterbacks but got a chance to work alongside the Manning’s and get some advice himself.