"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. 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.
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In the second round, the Steelers took James Washington, a wide receiver who is also from Oklahoma State.
Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner downplayed the idea that Rudolph will serve as Roethlisberger's eventual heir, though Rudolph is the first quarterback the Steelers have taken before the fourth round since they drafted Roethlisberger 11th overall in 2004.
Fichtner hopes the 36-year-old Roethlisberger plays for another handful of seasons.
"I knew it as soon as I got selected, like, I can't wait, it'll be fun", Rudolph said. He led the Cowboys to a 32-9 record as a starter, including 10 victories in games in which OSU trailed during the second half. We've seen the team's ability to develop wide receivers - most recently with JuJu Smith-Schuster. Pittsburgh has two picks in the fifth and one in the seventh.