Steelers trade up to take Mason Rudolph

NFL Draft 2018: Steelers select potential Ben Roethlisberger successor Mason Rudolph

Package deal: Rudolph, Washington heading to Pittsburgh

The Steelers have veteran Vince Williams at one spot and signed Jon Bostic for depth in free agency but need an influx of elite talent.

The Steelers selected OSU receiver and Biletnikoff Award victor James Washington with the 60th overall pick nearing the end of the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

Joshua Frazier went to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 28th pick in the seventh round.

The next destination for the Western Michigan offensive tackle is Pittsburgh, after the Steelers selected him in the third round, 92nd overall in the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday.

Rudolph will get to prove himself alongside his former teammate at Oklahoma State, James Washington.

There will be many chances for Rudolph to prove himself, but not until Ben Roethlisberger retires.

As we all know, NFL Draft talk is not just confined to February, March, and April.

Mason Rudolph completed 65.0% of his passes for 4,904 yards 37 touchdown and nine interceptions. Roethlisberger, 36, has played his entire 13-year career in Pittsburgh. While Washington does not have the same pure speed as Bryant, the Steelers can hope he is a more rounded receiver than can complement a young receiving unit. There was tension, manufactured or real, between Bryant and rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster ever since the Steelers selected Smith-Schuster in the second round last April.

The Steelers had been mentioned as a team that had interest in Rudolph for months, with some projections suggesting they could select the quarterback as early as the first round.

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

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