Mason Rudolph knew exactly how far he fell from the NFL Draft's top-tier quarterbacks when he spoke to the media on Friday night. He led the Cowboys to a 32-9 record as a starter, including 10 victories in games in which OSU trailed during the second half. Expect Rudolph to develop the next couple of years but a good value pick for the Steelers as many experts had Rudolph projected as a potential 1st round talent.
Washington's role in Pittsburgh will be a familiar one - deep threat.
A year ago, then quarterback coach Randy Fichtner stood in front of the media after the Steelers selected Josh Dobbs and was quite direct in saying that they didn't draft Dobbs with the thought of him being the eventual replacement to Ben Roethlisberger.
Fichtner said he hopes the 36-year-old Roethlisberger plays for another handful of seasons. "It's definitely a burning fire that definitely began Thursday night and will keep going for a long time".
"I'm a little done with the comparison questions", Rudolph said.
Day two of the NFL Draft has come and gone and the Pittsburgh Steelers have added to their roster.
"I knew it as soon as I got selected, like, I can't wait, it'll be fun", Rudolph said. 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 ran so adeptly.
He joins an impressive group of Steelers receivers in Antonio Bell and 2017 first round draft pick Juju Smith-Schuster.