The Pittsburgh Steelers began building towards life without Ben Roethlisberger this offseason when they drafted Mason Rudolph in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rudolph will learn from one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL in Big Ben over the next few seasons before taking over his role as the main man at the Steelers.
Prior to the NFL draft, however, he spent some time with another quarterback who is widely considered as one of the best in the game today, Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.
Like Rudolph, Wilson was also a third-round draft pick for the Seahawks back in 2012. He also had a very similar college career to the Steelers rookie as well.
During an interview with the QB2QB show for ESPN, via Bryan Deardo of 247 Sports, the Seahawks star offered some praise for the 22-year-old.
He said: “I’ve got a nickname for you: Mr. Consistent. Thirty-eight straight starts (at Oklahoma State), that’s pretty impressive. Not many people can do that.
“One of the things I love about you is your confidence and your poise and your leadership.”
Rudolph finished his college career with a 63.1 pass completion percentage rate for 13,267 yards, 90 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions. Wilson had very similar stats after throwing for 11,720 yards with 109 touchdowns and just 30 interceptions in college.
Big Ben Impressed
Even Roethlisberger has been in awe by what Rudolph can do, as he was impressed by what he saw out of Rudolph during his first practices with him as his teammate.
He said: “He’s got a big arm. He overthrew [Antonio Brown] even though AB’s not going to admit it. He seems to understand the offense, seems to not have any issues in the huddle, so I thought he did really well.”
Rudolph could very well have a promising future ahead of him if NFL icons and past Super Bowl winners like Wilson and Roethlisberger believe he can become a star.
With him sitting behind Big Ben in Pittsburgh, it’s the perfect environment for him to learn how to adapt to the playing style of the NFL.
There’s no rush to push him towards the starting job at the Steelers either, so he should develop into a good player.