James Washington headed to the Steelers


During his four years as a Cowboy he passed for 13,618 yards, 92 touchdowns and 26 interceptions to go along with a 63.2 completion percentage.

Fichtner added that Rudolph's ability to throw the deep ball, which the Steelers value, played into the draft decision.

A big congratulations from your BCH Sports family, James! Whether Rudolph ends up checking all the other boxes, however, is up to him. 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.

"Well, I don't know", Fichtner said. As Roesthlisberger is already pretty old, this could happen soon, but Rudolph will likely get at least a full year to absorb the Steelers' system and learn the National Football League game before he has a shot at starting games consistently.

"If it takes three guys in competition to replace [Roethlisberger] today, so be it", Fichtner said.

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And he had Pittsburgh on his mind in the days leading up to the draft, even texting offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to remind him that he'd always wanted to be a Steeler.

"It's not Ben's job to teach me anything", Rudolph said.

This is the second straight year the Steelers have taken a wide receiver in the second round. Smith-Schuster's rapid development made the talented but enigmatic Bryant expendable.

"They got the best (receiving group) in the league", Washington said. "I'll come in and work my butt off to learn the system".