Mason Rudolph and James Washington spent four years lighting up defenses across the Big 12 Myles Garrett Jersey Youth , setting records and winning game after game for Oklahoma State.
Now, the big-armed quarterback and rugged wide receiver are headed to Pittsburgh. Where they will listen. They will learn. And they will wait. For now anyway. When the guys in front of you on the depth chart include Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, there's no other choice.
That's fine for both Washington 鈥?taken in the second round 鈥?and Rudolph 鈥?selected with the first of Pittsburgh's two third-round picks.
"To go on to the next chapter with one of your brothers and the best receiver you've spent your whole college days with and maybe spend 15 years with, it's awesome," said Rudolph said.
Rudolph went 32-9 as a starter with Oklahoma State, the most wins by a quarterback there. Washington set a school record with 4,472 yards receiving, including 125 in Oklahoma State's blowout win over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field last September.
Both players spent the Cowboys' walkthrough the night before the game looking around the stands and playing "what if." Now that "what if" is reality.
"I had no clue this was in the works," Rudolph said.
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. The two-time Super Bowl winner 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 fingers crossed that he's healthy and he wants to play," Fichtner said. "It'd be great for us. It'd be great for me, because he's a guy that's going to be awful hard to replace and if it takes three guys in competition to replace him someday, so be it."
Rudolph will fight for a backup spot with Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs while soaking up what he can from Roethlisberger.
"It's not Ben's job to teach me anything," Rudolph said. "It's my job to learn."
Rudolph set 54 school records during his time at Oklahoma State and at 6-foot-5 Authentic Jose Ramirez Jersey , 235-pounds is similar to Roethlisberger in terms of size. Whether Rudolph ends up checking all the other boxes, however, is another matter.
The 22-year-old doesn't lack for confidence. Asked if he understands why he slipped to the third round behind the group of five quarterbacks that went in the first round on Thursday, Rudolph admitted the slight will stick with him.
"It's definitely a burning fire that definitely began Thursday night and will keep going for a long time," Rudolph said. "(But) I'm a little done with the comparison questions. I'm confident with the way I stacked up."
So is Washington.
The Steelers grabbed him with the 60th overall selection, immediately filling the void created when Pittsburgh dealt talented but enigmatic Martavis Bryant to Oakland on Thursday.
Though the 5-foot-11 Washington lacks Bryant's size and 4.3 speed, he compensates with a competitiveness that made him productive wherever he lined up in the wide-open offense Rudolph guided.
"He's intelligent (and) he held down his position for a long time," Fichtner said. "We would expect that he have that ability to come in, learn and hold that position down quickly."
Regardless of what the stopwatch says 鈥?Washington ran a so-so 4.54 40-yard dash at the combine 鈥?Washington can get downfield. He averaged 19.8 yards per reception with the Cowboys and showed the kind of elusiveness that allowed him to turn a short pass into a sprint to the end zone.
At 213 pounds, Washington also has the strength to be an effective blocker in the run game and brings a kind of physicality the Steelers have long valued in their receiving group.
"This guy comes in with several tricks," new offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said.
Fichtner called Washington "no maintenance," which would be a departure from Bryant, who was twice suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy and was briefly benched last fall after demanding a trade.
This is the second straight year the Steelers have taken a wide receiver in the second round. They selected JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of the 2017 draft. Smith-Schuster's rapid development 鈥?his seven touchdown receptions were the most by a rookie in the NFL last year 鈥?made Bryant expendable.
"They got the best (receiving group) in the league," Washington said. "I can't wait to work with those guys and learn from them."
Pittsburgh picked Western Michigan offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafora with their second third-round selection. Okorafora adds depth to a line that helped the Steelers finish fourth in yards while going 13-3 and claiming their third division title in four years.
It's not quite the draft most expected from Pittsburgh. The Steelers took safety Terrell Edmunds in the first round but focused on offense Friday despite glaring needs at inside linebacker and the secondary.
They'll try to address those needs on Saturday. Pittsburgh has two picks in the fifth and one in the seventh.
The Latest on President Donald Trump's cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House (all times local):
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins says NFL players who have been speaking out politically are fighting for racial and social equality Dorian O'Daniel Jersey Chiefs , not disparaging the national anthem.
Jenkins issued a lengthy statement on Twitter on Tuesday after the White House disinvited the Eagles from an event originally intended to honor the Super Bowl champions. President Donald Trump has framed the decision around the national anthem and his repeated arguments that NFL players should be required to stand on the field when the song is played before games.
Jenkins says the White House made a decision "to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military."
He says he will "continue to fight for impacted citizens and give a voice to those who never had one."
President Donald Trump has held a "patriotism" event at the White House in lieu of a Super Bowl celebration for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles that he canceled.
The president said Tuesday on the South Lawn that it's time to "explain why young Americans stand for our national anthem."
Trump sang along to "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" during a brief ceremony that included the U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Army chorus.
Trump did not mention the Eagles. He accused players of abandoning their fans because many had said they wouldn't show up. Late Monday, he canceled the event because of the anticipated low turnout.
The president says that the nation needs to remember the "fallen heroes" and that the country stands together "for freedom, we stand together for patriotism."
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it was the Philadelphia Eagles, not President Donald Trump, "who changed their commitment at the last minute" to a White House Super Bowl celebration. Trump had been prepared to host the Eagles Tuesday, but announced Monday he was canceling the event.
Earlier, the White House said that the team notified the White House last week that 81 people, including players, coaches and managers would be attending. But late Friday, the team tried to reschedule, proposing a time when Trump would be overseas.
In the end, Sanders says the Eagles offered to send "only a tiny handful of representatives" to the event Jarvis Landry Jersey , "while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend."
She says, "if this wasn't a political stunt by the Eagles franchise, then they wouldn't have planned to attend the event and then backed out at the last minute."
The White House is blaming the Philadelphia Eagles for President Donald Trump's decision to cancel a planned White House event celebrating the team's Super Bowl championship.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the team last Thursday notified the White House that 81 individuals, including players, coaches and managers would be attending.
However, the team got back in touch with the White House late Friday and tried to reschedule, proposing a time when Trump would be overseas.
In the end, she says the Eagles offered to send "only a tiny handful of representatives" to the event, "while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend."
She says, "In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans," prompting Trump to cancel.
Fox News is apologizing for airing footage that wrongly suggested Philadelphia Eagles players knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
Christopher Wallace, executive producer of "Fox News @ Night," says in a statement that during the show's report about President Donald Trump canceling the Eagles' visit on Tuesday to the White House to celebrate the team's Super Bowl win Youth Saquon Barkley Jersey , the show displayed "unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer."
He says, "To clarify, no members of the team knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout regular or post-season last year," adding: "We apologize for the error."
The NFL Players Association says President Donald Trump's decision to scrap a White House visit for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles led to the cancellation of several smaller community events in the Washington area the Eagles players were to lead.
The players union said in a statement Tuesday that it is disappointed by the decision and that NFL players "love their country, support our troops, give back to their communities and strive to make America a better place."
The Eagles plan to resume organized team activities in Philadelphia, though the early practice in preparation for the season is not expected to be open to reporters.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is criticizing President Donald Trump for canceling the White House celebration of the Eagles' Super Bowl win and for panning players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem.
Kenney, a Democrat, said of Trump on Tuesday morning on CNN: "When he had the opportunity to serve his country for real, his father got him out of it, and I think it's really disingenuous for him to talk about patriotism in any way shape or form."
The mayor was referring to deferments Trump obtained during the Vietnam War for his college education and for bone spurs in his heels.
Kenney said Eagles fans would take the president's withdrawing the invitation in stride.
"Eagles fans understand that our players are individuals who can stand up for themselves and stand up for what they believe in and that's what this country's about," Kenney said.
President Donald Trump says he'll be honoring America at the White House on Tuesday after he canceled a scheduled event with Super Bowl champion Philade.
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