NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller has Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph going to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round in his recent 2017 mock draft.
It was reported just yesterday by Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel that Rudolph was already considered a first-round prospect for the coming year.
Answering my question from the other day: Brad Kaaya, Luke Falk and Mason Rudolph already being anointed as 2017 first round QBs.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 2, 2016
This would only apply if Rudolph were to leave after his junior season, which he is yet to play. In his sophomore season, he threw for 21 touchdowns and over 3,700 yards, and this coming year is looking brighter with an improved offensive line and plenty of talent around him.
Here's what Miller had to say about the OSU prospect:
"Mason Rudolph hasn't performed up to the level of a Round 1 quarterback yet, but he makes this list based on the potential he's shown at Oklahoma State. Given the age of Alex Smith (32 years old this upcoming season) and the lack of a developmental quarterback behind him, Rudolph is a player Kansas City fans should get familiar with this summer."
Rudolph's 2017 draft future will have to be re-evaluated after this season, but it is safe to say that he will be a draft prospect whenever he does leave (or choose to leave) OSU.