Steelers trade up in 3rd to select QB Rudolph

Steelers Draft Picks 2018: Oklahoma State Teammates Rudolph, Washington Selected On 2nd Day

After spending a second-round pick on wide receiver James Washington the Steelers quickly turned around and traded up in the third round to draft quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Given the Steelers' draft needs, this is a ideal pick.

"I had no clue this was in the works", Rudolph said.

It appears this could be a move by Pittsburgh to help find an eventual replacement for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger, 36, committed instantly to the 2018 season following last year's playoff loss to the Jaguars and has told players and some of the front-office personnel that he would like to play at. Rudolph joins a quarterback room that includes Roethlisberger, Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs.

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Rudolph set 54 school records during his time at Oklahoma State and at 6-foot-5, 235-pounds is similar to Roethlisberger in terms of size.

He was the sixth quarterback off the board and the first taken since five quarterbacks went in the first round.

"I'm a little done with the comparison questions", Rudolph said.

Rudolph, though, will have time to learn under Roethlisberger and, when he does see the field, will be able to throw to a familiar target, Pittsburgh having selected former Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington with the 60th overall pick in the second round. Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner is going to love working with Rudolph.

It's not quite the draft most expected from Pittsburgh. They selected JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of the 2017 draft. Pittsburgh has two picks in the fifth and one in the seventh.

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