With the 60th pick in the 2018 National Football League draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected wide receiver James Washington from Oklahoma State. Rudolph will have a chance to grow in Pittsburgh's offense with rookie WR James Washington, who was Rudolph's favorite target at Oklahoma State.
"I had no clue this was in the works", Rudolph said.
But while Rudolph now appears to be Ben Roethlisberger's heir apparent, he'll have longer to wait than Mayfield to take over a starting role. The two-time Super Bowl victor told teammates after the Steelers fell to Jacksonville in the divisional round of the playoffs he expects to play at least three more years.
"I always keep my finger crossed that he's healthy and he wants to play", Fichtner said.
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Outside of his stats, Rudolph fits the pro-style quarterback mold at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds.
After picking first on both Thursday and Friday, Cleveland will enter the final day with five selections to help fix a team that went 0-16 last season and hasn't made the playoffs since 2002. "(But) I'm a little done with the comparison questions.
Steelers gave up the No. 79 and No. 220 picks. Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner is going to love working with Rudolph.
He joins an impressive group of Steelers receivers in Antonio Bell and 2017 first round draft pick Juju Smith-Schuster. He's much more polished than either of those guys were upon being drafted. The Steelers will have three picks including two picks in the fifth round.