By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Pittsburgh Steelers know that star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is near the end of his career. While he has considered retirement, he has continued to come back and play.
With the Steelers third round pick – following a trade with the Seattle Seahawks – the team drafted former Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph. Pittsburgh had to trade up in order to potentially draft Roethlisberger’s replacement.
Last season, the Steelers drafted former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs. At the time, he was being considered a replacement for Roethlisberger.
However, one year later, the Steelers decided to use another pick on a potential replacement. We do not know if Dobbs will eventually pan out, but this move could indicate that the team could release or trade Dobbs down the road.
Pittsburgh also has Landry Jones, as the backup quarterback. Jones has started the past several seasons when Roethlisberger was not able to play. But the team does not envision him as the long-term replacement.
The Steelers traded their 79th overall pick in the third round, along with their 220th pick in the seventh round to the Seahawks. In exchange. The 76th overall pick went to the Steelers.
He was considered the fifth-best quarterback going into the draft.
Rudolph was the Johnny Unitas award winner last season. He is also the all-time winningest quarterback in school history, and went 32-9 as a starter.
He set 54 school records, including many broken that former Cowboys quarterback and current head coach Mike Riley had as a player. He’s also fourth in the Big 12 Conference with 13,618 passing yards.
In his final collegiate campaign, he appeared in 13 games in 2017. He went 318 of 489 for a career-high 4,904 passing yards. He also had 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
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