Steelers eye defensive depth as draft wraps up

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At the NFL Combine, Samuels ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds - the same time as wide receiver James Washington, the Steelers' second-round pick. While the situation seemed smoothed over by the end of the season, with Bryant playing a big role in the team's playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the writing was on the wall for Bryant's departure. While the trade cost them only a limited amount of draft capital, requiring only a seventh-round pick to get the Oakland Raiders to agree to the deal, many were left wondering why the Steelers felt they could not wait for three more picks to pass before they took him. He was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection by conference coaches in 2016 and became the first safety to lead PSU in tackles since 2002 with 110 stops. Rudolph, on the other hand, will step into the role of understudy to Steeler legend Ben Roethlisberger.

The 6-4, 227-pound Rudolph threw for 4,904 yards with 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his senior season.

Rudolph joins a quarterback room that includes Roethlisberger, former Oklahoma Sooner Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs.

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Allen is the second safety selected by the Steelers in the draft. The Steelers have one of the NFL's top receivers in Antonio Bryant, who had 101 catches for 1,533 yards in 2017.

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

Additionally, Washington became the 30th Cowboy to be selected in the first two rounds. Rudolph set a school record for passing yards in a half, Washington went over 100 yards receiving and they both sat the final 1½ quarters in a 38-point thrashing of the University of Pittsburgh.

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