Eagles go TE on Day 2 of NFL Draft

Oklahoma State's James Washington picked by Pittsburgh in second round

After Pittsburgh selected him in the third round on Friday night, Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph said he would remember his drop in the NFL Draft "until the day I die".

Not long after, Washington learned he would be joined by a familiar face in Pittsburgh.

Rudolph was selected by the Steelers with the 76th overall pick in the third round.

The Steelers may have found a future replacement for Ben Roethlisberger, and a familiar target to pair with him.

How much time? That will depend on Roethlisberger's plan, which has increased in theatrics with each season.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was at OSU's Pro Day in March.

ESPN has lost some of its footprint in airing the National Football League draft. But given that the Roethlisberger has missed seven starts the last three years, it's a solid backup plan to bring on a guy who totaled 13,618 passing yards with 92 TDs and 26 interceptions for the Cowboys the last three seasons.

He's the first OSU receiver drafted since Justin Blackmon.

As if that twist of fate weren't enough, Rudolph will be reunited with college teammate and fellow Oklahoma State Cowboys star James Washington.

The 6-foot-5, 321-pound lineman and two-time First Team All-MAC selection was a semifinalist for the 2017 Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top interior lineman. Washington could step in to fill the void left by Martavis Bryant, who the Steelers traded to the Raiders on Thursday. He and Taylor Moton - a 2017 second-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers - anchored a Broncos offensive line that allowed just 16 sacks all season.

This year's draft wraps up with rounds 4-7 on Saturday afternoon.

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