OSU's James Washington, Mason Rudolph sticking together with Steelers

OSU's James Washington, Mason Rudolph sticking together with Steelers

OSU's James Washington, Mason Rudolph sticking together with Steelers

Rudolph will join Washington, his main target at Oklahoma State and Pittsburgh's second-round choice.

It's clear, however, that the AFC North franchise saw value in selecting the Upper Marlboro, Md., native when he did, and he is the fifth former PSU standout to hear his name called after running back Saquon Barkley went No. 2 overall in Thursday's first-round to kick things off.

The Steelers became the first team to take a quarterback after the end of the first round when they traded up in the third round to draft Mason Rudolph. Roethlisberger, 36, has been with the Steelers since the 2004 season.

Roethlisberger is listed at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, while Rudolph is 6-5 and 235.

The Pittsburgh Steelers sent six representatives to Oklahoma State's Pro Day last month. Rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 58 passes for 917 yards. 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. But some of his more memorable moments came as a junior in two contests that would reshape the 2016 season for Penn State.

Rudolph becomes the 121st player in OSU history to be selected in an National Football League draft, and the 23rd draft pick under Mike Gundy.

He led the nation in passing as a senior in 2017, throwing for 4,904 yards. He averaged 19.8 yards per reception during his college career. Four QBs were selected in the first 10 picks for the first time since 1960, and five were taken in the first round.

The selection of Rudolph signals two things: the Steelers are thinking seriously about Ben Roethlisberger's replacement and the team has little confidence in second year man Josh Dobbs.

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