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The Pittsburgh Steelers Found Their Future Quarterback

Glenn Kaplan
ANALYST
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258   //    29 Apr 2018, 13:39 IST

NFL Combine - Day 3
NFL Combine - Day 3

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 36 years old and he is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. However, Roethlisberger has one more year left on his contract after the 2018 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers need to start looking towards the future.

They drafted quarterback Mason Rudolph from Oklahoma State with the 76th overall pick in the third-round. Pittsburgh traded up three spots with the Seattle Seahawks to get him. The Steelers also traded away their seventh-round (220th overall). Seattle used those picks on defensive end Rasheem Green from USC and quarterback Alex McGough from Florida International.

More importantly, the Steelers got tremendous value for Rudolph in the third-round. I thought he was going to go in the late first-round or the early second-round. It is possible that Rudolph will be the Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback by the 2020 season.

They drafted Joshua Dobbs from the University of Tennessee last season in the fourth-round (135th overall). Dobbs doesn't have the upside that Rudolph has.

Mason Rudolph completed 65.0% of his passes for 4,904 yards 37 touchdown and nine interceptions. The good news for him is he won't have to be rushed into the fire right away.

Rudolph will have very good players to work around come training camp. He will have running backs like Le'Veon Bell and James Connor, he will have wide receivers like Antiono Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and James Washington (drafted in second-round 60th overall and were teammates at Oklahoma State), and he will have tight ends like Jesse James and Vance McDonald.

The Steelers also have a very good offensive line. Rudolph will learn from one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Ben Roethlisberger. This is a very good situation for both sides as the Pittsburgh Steelers seem to be in good hands when Roethlisberger decides to retire. When Rudolph becomes the starter one day, he will be the Pittsburgh Steelers starter for a very long time.

Glenn Kaplan
ANALYST
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