Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Ben Roethlisberger

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Steelers Franchise Quarterback 2.0?

Who Should Have Been First Round Pick - Roethlisberger or Rudolph? (based on college stats)

September 17, 2019

If you would indulge me for a couple of minutes… I would like for you to look at the college stats of two QB’s and tell me which one was a 1st round pick and which one was a 3rd round pick.

QB Stats

QB A … Mason Rudolph played in a power 5 conference and had a 3-1 record in bowl games. 
Mason also won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and the Sammy Baugh Trophy after his senior year.  Yet was a 3rd round draft pick.  Though many in the Pittsburgh media thought the Steelers were nuts to have a 1st round grade on him. 

QB B … Ben Roethlisberger played in the MAC and was 1-0 in bowl games.  Ben was no doubt a 1st round draft pick and could have been the 4th overall pick, as it was he was the 11th pick in the draft.  No one in the Pittsburgh media questioned Ben being a 1st rounder. 

Look I’m not saying Mason will be a Hall of Fame QB like Ben has become, but this notion that he can’t be a franchise QB is wrong on many levels.  He started the last 4 games of his freshman year going 3-1 including a win in a bowl game.  After that he went 10-3 in each of his next 3 years in a power 5 conference that emphasizes passing.  In his Jr.year he finished 2nd in yards and total offense to Patrick Mahomes, 3rd in TD’s behind Mahomes and Baker Mayfield.  His Sr. year he lead the conference in yards and total offense ahead of Baker Mayfield and 2nd in TD’s behind Mayfield.  Both of those QB’s were 1st round picks and considered “franchise QB’s.”

I’m not saying Big Ben is about to get Wally Pipped but wouldn’t it be nice if the Steelers were right and they have his successor ready to go?