Steelers select Rudolph in third round of 2018 NFL Draft

Steelers select Rudolph in third round of 2018 NFL Draft

Steelers select Rudolph in third round of 2018 NFL Draft

If you've been following the Steelers closely throughout the draft, this pick shouldn't come as a surprise to you. During his four years as a Cowboy he passed for 13,618 yards, 92 touchdowns and 26 interceptions to go along with a 63.2 completion percentage.

In 2017, PFF College charted Rudolph with 1,712 yards on throws delivered 20-plus yards downfield, most among all draft-eligible quarterbacks.

In the second round, the Steelers selected WR James Washington from Oklahoma State, a very capable replacement after trading Martavis Bryant Thursday to Oakland. Rudolph is also a pocket passer only, lacking any ability to move the chains with his legs.

Mason Rudolph knew exactly how far he fell from the NFL Draft's top-tier quarterbacks when he spoke to the media on Friday night. Washington set a school record with 4,472 yards receiving, including 125 in Oklahoma State's blowout win over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field last September.

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"I knew it as soon as I got selected, like, I can't wait, it'll be fun", Rudolph said.

Rudolph was selected by the Steelers with the 76th overall pick in the third round. "It'd be great for me, because he's a guy that's going to be bad hard to replace and if it takes three guys in competition to replace him someday, so be it".

"This guy comes in with several tricks", new offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said. Smith-Schuster's rapid development made the talented but enigmatic Bryant expendable. "It's my job to learn".

"They got the best (receiving group) in the league", Washington said.

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