Instant analysis of the Steelers pick of Mason Rudolph

Steelers Draft Picks 2018: Oklahoma State Teammates Rudolph, Washington Selected On 2nd Day

"I always thought there was a connection since the beginning [with the Steelers]", said Rudolph, who joins Oklahoma State teammate James Washington, a second-round pick, as Steelers teammates. 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.

BC-FBN-Draft-Steelers, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 880 Steelers grab Oklahoma State tandem Rudolph and WashingtonAP Photo CBS138Eds: Recasts lead. Rudolph is also a pocket passer only, lacking any ability to move the chains with his legs. Rudolph said he sent offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner a text a few days ago reminding to think about him come draft night. They're already familiar with Heinz Field.

"I knew it as soon as I got selected, like, I can't wait, it'll be fun", Rudolph said. Expect Rudolph to develop the next couple of years but a good value pick for the Steelers as many experts had Rudolph projected as a potential 1st round talent.

"If it takes three guys in competition to replace [Roethlisberger] today, so be it", Fichtner said.

Though the 5-foot-11 Washington lacks Bryant's size and 4.3 speed, he compensates with a competitiveness that made him productive wherever he lined up in the wide-open offense Rudolph guided. "It's my job to learn".

Fichtner called Washington "no maintenance", which would be a departure from Bryant, who was twice suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy and was briefly benched last fall after demanding a trade.

Washington's selection marks the latest in a tradition of success for OSU wide receivers in the National Football League draft, as he joins Justin Blackmon, Dez Bryant, Rashaun Woods and Hart Lee Dykes as early-round picks at the position.

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

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