The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted former Oklahoma State receiver James Washington with the 60th pick of the NFL Draft. Sixteen picks later they reunited him with quarterback Mason Rudolph.
The Steelers trade up to secure Big Ben's future successor, QB Mason Rudolph. No draft-eligible QB had more deep passing yards & TDs in 2017! pic.twitter.com/4QhJYDAH8P
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 28, 2018
Rudolph and Washington have terrorized Big 12 defenses over the last three seasons helping produce one of the most prolific passing attacks in Oklahoma State football history.
It’s clear that the thought with Mason Rudolph is that he will ultimately be the successor to All Pro Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben threw 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2017, with 4,251 yards to his credit. He just turned 36 years old last month.
Rudolph will be able to develop his skills as a backup over the next couple of seasons before having the opportunity to take the reigns.
The Steelers traded picks 79 and 220 to the Seattle Seahawks for the opportunity to move up and take Rudolph at #76. He was gathered with his family and friends when the call came and the selection was made.
Surrounded by friends and family, including brother Logan and HS coach Kyle Richardson, Mason Rudolph celebrates getting drafted by Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/QcBln0K9RZ
— Phil Orban (@philorbanWSOC9) April 28, 2018