The Pittsburgh Steelers Found Their Future Quarterback

Mock draft experts predict the Steelers 1st round pick

Mock draft experts predict the Steelers 1st round pick

Oklahoma State Wide Receiver and Biletnikoff victor, James Washington, was the first in-state product drafted in the second round on day two of the National Football League draft.

The 6-foot-6, 321-pounder went 92nd overall, joining 2016 fourth-round pick Willie Beavers and 2017 second-round pick Taylor Moton in WMU's recent crop of drafted offensive linemen.

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It's Mason Rudolph this time around and the Steelers nabbed him with the 76th pick after trading up with the Seahawks. He could be groomed as the replacement for Roethlisberger, who is 36 years old. In addition to adding Washington to the receiving corps, Pittsburgh also has a rising star in JuJu Smith-Schuster. Head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert watched OSU's prospects perform, and Tomlin and Rudolph chatted before Rudolph did a couple of media interviews after his workout. Still, he played in all 14 games, tallying 15 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, with a forced fumble and three quarterback hurries. He caught five passes for 124 yards when Oklahoma State blew out Pitt 59-21 last September.

Rudolph went on to lead the nation in passing yards with 4,904.

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

The draft's final day is always full of intrigue and includes lots of hidden gems who could easily become tomorrow's dynasty darlings. The pair were together for four years with the Cowboys, and Washington caught 1,549 yards of Rudolph's 4,904 that he threw for during the 2017 season.

He's the first OSU receiver drafted since Justin Blackmon.

Rudolph was projected as a fringe first round draft pick whose status as an Air Raid quarterback would limit his appeal.

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