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Steelers select potential Roethlisberger successor Rudolph

April 28 2018 4:17 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to have found Ben Roethlisberger's successor after selecting Mason Rudolph in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Pittsburgh traded up from 79 to 76 to select Rudolph, who had been talked about as a player who could sneak into the first round after a stellar career at Oklahoma State.

Rudolph enjoyed the best season of his career in 2017, completing 65 per cent of his passes for 4,904 yards and 37 touchdowns with nine interceptions.

He is blessed with hugely impressive arm strength and is capable of throwing with anticipation and touch even from off-platform positions and with pressure in his face.

However, his accuracy is far from consistent and he will also need to fix issues with footwork and scanning the field if he is to succeed in the NFL.

Rudolph, though, will have time to learn under Roethlisberger and, when he does see the field, will be able to throw to a familiar target, Pittsburgh having selected former Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington with the 60th overall pick in the second round.

Washington and Rudolph demonstrated a remarkable rapport in college, the former racking up 1,549 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017, and they will hope that continues once Roethlisberger hangs up the cleats.

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