Steelers eye defensive depth as draft wraps up

The AFC North champions spent three picks on offensive help during the second and third rounds, taking wide receiver James Washington, quarterback Mason Rudolph and offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor.

Coupled with the fact that Roethlisberger has discussed retirement in the past, the Steelers had a pressing need to find an heir apparent.

Pittsburgh traded up from 79 to 76 to select Rudolph, who had been talked about as a player who could sneak into the first round after a stellar career at Oklahoma State.

Additionally, Rudolph becomes the 121st player in Oklahoma State history to be selected in an National Football League draft, and the 23rd draft pick under Mike Gundy.

Kansas lawmakers urging quick final confirmation of Mike Pompeo
Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) cited Pompeo's anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim comments as among the reasons he voted against his nomination. It had appeared going in to that committee vote that there might not be enough votes for approval, but Sen.

"It (not being included with top draft QBs) will stick with me every minute, every hour until the day I die", said Rudolph.

As for Rudolph himself, he'll have a chance to learn from Roethlisberger and ease his way in to an offense that features some of the most explosive playmakers in the NFL. In addition to adding Washington to the receiving corps, Pittsburgh also has a rising star in JuJu Smith-Schuster.

On the other side of the line, the Steelers return left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a U.S. Military Academy graduate who in 2017 became the first service academy alum to make the NFL Pro Bowl.

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