Pittsburgh picks NC State's Jaylen Samuels in National Football League draft


He'll look to turn a few more heads by making the Steelers roster this season.

With Troy Apke selected earlier in the day, Penn State has now had more than one defensive back drafted in the same weekend for the first time since 2006, when Calvin Lowry, Alan Zemaitis and converted receiver Ethan Kilmer were picked.

Pittsburgh traded up from No. 79 to No. 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. Rudolph is the sixth quarterback drafted this year and the first taken since Lamar Jackson went to the Ravens with the 32nd overall pick.

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.

Allen joins former Penn State tight end Jesse James, former safety Malik Golden and former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley in Pittsburgh.

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Washington won the Biletnikoff Award this season as the nation's outstanding collegiate receiver after catching 74 passes for 1,549 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Roethlisberger, 36, committed instantly to the 2018 season following last year's playoff loss to the Jaguars and has told players and some of the front-office personnel that he would like to play at. He the first OSU quarterback selected in an National Football League draft since Brandon Weeden was taken in the first round in 2012.

At N.C. State, Samuels set the school record with 202 career receptions and was second in school history with 47 touchdowns, including 19 as a receiver. Former Pitt wide receiver and returner Quadree Henderson also signed a free agent deal with the Steelers.

After hearing the comments from Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, it would appear Pittsburgh knew exactly what they had to do to land Rudolph in the third-round, just get ahead of their divisional rival.