Steelers love the physicality of Marcus Allen: 'He will strike you'

NFL Draft 2018: Steelers select potential Ben Roethlisberger successor Mason Rudolph

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.

Instead, the Steelers must have had a notion the Bengals wanted Rudolph or another quarterback and did whatever it took to get in front of the Bengals' two picks.

The Steelers selected OSU receiver and Biletnikoff Award victor James Washington with the 60th overall pick nearing the end of the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday. They are hoping for extreme value in their seventh round pick, who used to be a starter for the 2018 National Champions and was highly touted out of high school.

Besides Roethlisberger and Rudolph, Pittsburgh has two other quarterbacks, former Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs and 29-year old Landry Jones.

The Pittsburgh Steelers sent six representatives to Oklahoma State's Pro Day last month. In addition to adding Washington to the receiving corps, Pittsburgh also has a rising star in JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Don't believe that? Ask Kevin Colbert. Washington caught five passes for 124 yards.




A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Rudolph is the winningest quarterback in OSU history.

Led the nation with 815 yards on deep passes in 2017 and ranked second with eight touchdowns on deep passes.

Rudolph was the sixth QB selected in the 2018 draft.

The 5-foot-11, 213-pound receiver completed his journey from Stamford, Texas, a town of about 3,000, to the NFL. He averaged 19.8 yards per reception during his college career.

Ben Roethlisberger is about to enter his 15th National Football League season, all with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rudolph's second-leading receiver, Marcell Ateman, will head to the West Coast.

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