Steelers select potential Roethlisberger successor Rudolph

Pittsburgh traded up to the No. 76 pick in Friday's National Football League draft to select Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, whom the team targeted early in the draft process.

The Browns addressed some major needs in the second round, most notably taking Nevada left tackle Austin Corbett with the No. 33 overall pick.

Rudolph is the highest quarterback selected by the Steelers since Roethlisberger went 11th overall in 2004, and the franchise's fifth quarterback selected overall since that year.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mason Rudolph and James Washington spent four years lighting up defenses across the Big 12, setting records and winning game after game for Oklahoma State.

Rudolph could be a possible replacement for Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers' two-time Super Bowl champion gunslinger.

"I always keep my finger crossed that he's healthy and he wants to play", Fichtner said. Rudolph went 32-9 as a starter with Oklahoma State while Washington set a school record with 4,472 yards receiving. The receiver was a three star recruit out of college.

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.

"This guy comes in with several tricks", new offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said.

It's not quite the draft most expected from Pittsburgh.

He joins an impressive group of Steelers receivers in Antonio Bell and 2017 first round draft pick Juju Smith-Schuster.


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