The Steelers made an interesting selection in the draft that not everyone saw coming, especially Ben Roethlisberger.
With the 76th pick in the third round the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Rudolph went to school all four years and was the starting quarterback for his last three. In each of those three years he completed over 60 percent of his passes, and he threw for over 4000 yards in his final two years.
After finding out, Roethlisberger was not quiet about his reaction: “I was surprised when they took a quarterback because I thought that maybe in the third round, you know you can get some really good football players that can help this team now.”
Previous to the draft he made sure the Steelers franchise was aware that he think he could play “for at least three more years.”
Now with this selection, people may wonder how valid GM Kevin Colbert found Roethlisberger’s claims regarding the longevity left in his career.
Big Ben did show signs of deteriorating over the past three seasons with his completion percentage lowering each year along with his yards per attempt dropping as well.
This team has had the best wide receiver and running back in the league for the past few years and the clock is ticking for them to get to the promised land.
It is no secret that Antonio Brown as well as Le’veon Bell are in their primes while Roethlisberger is now 36 and has seen his peak come and go.
If Roethlisberger’s play continues to erode like it has, having a quarterback who is ready to step in and already knows the system could possibly save a season.
There is no doubt that the acquisition of Rudolph puts the future of Vol For Life (VFL) Joshua Dobbs in the black and gold in jeopardy.
With him not getting to really see the field and make a name for himself yet his chances will grow more slim as each season goes by.
Along with that, Colbert obviously is trying to remake Roethlisberger with drafting Rudolph, they are both 6-feet-5-inches and have a good amount of mass on them. Dobbs does not have the same skills as either Roethlisberger or Rudolph.
So not only is Roethlisberger’s time at the helm dwindling, but possibly so is Dobbs’s position as the second string.
Drafting a quarterback at any time is a big decision for a team but when you’re a top three team in the AFC for the past several years and have a super bowl winning quarterback, it comes as a bigger shock.
After getting over the shock and maybe even slight disappointment, Roethlisberger shot Rudolph a text wishing him luck at Rookie Minicamp showing signs that the veteran may have finally decided to get rid of that big head of his.
Written by: Mac Morey
Edited by: Colin Castleberry