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. Expect Rudolph to develop the next couple of years but a good value pick for the Steelers as many experts had Rudolph projected as a potential 1st round talent. Rudolph is the sixth quarterback drafted this year and the first taken since Lamar Jackson went to the Ravens with the 32nd overall pick.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert were both among the contingent the team sent to Stillwater for OSU's Pro Day, where Washington improved on some of his combine numbers. During his senior season, Rudolph would compile 4,904 yards while competing 65 percent of his passes. He also will join 2017 third-round pick James Conner on the roster.
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There will be many chances for Rudolph to prove himself, but not until Ben Roethlisberger retires. Then again, the Steelers may elect to have him serve as their third-stringer so they can develop him a little more slowly. A prospect like Rudolph would have been the flawless pick to replace him and would have been an upgrade for the future over Andy Dalton, one of the less talented established starting quarterbacks in the league.
Washington's selection marks the latest in a tradition of success for OSU wide receivers in the National Football League draft, as he joins Justin Blackmon, Dez Bryant, Rashaun Woods and Hart Lee Dykes as early-round picks at the position. The Cowboys should have more draft picks on Saturday in rounds 4-7, including receiver Marcell Ateman.