Mason Rudolph: It's Not Ben Roethlisberger's Job to Teach Me; My Job to Learn

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Mason Rudolph #2 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys prior to their game against the Virginia Tech Hokies on December 28, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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After the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph with the No. 76 overall pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft on Friday, Rudolph commented on being the potential heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger.

According to Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com, Rudolph is putting the onus on himself to develop at the NFL level: "It's not Ben's job to teach me anything, it's my job to learn."

After five quarterbacks were taken in the first round, Rudolph was the only signal-caller to come off the board on Day 2.

Roethlisberger hinted at retirement prior to last season, and he said in January that he would evaluate his status on a year-to-year basis, per PennLive.com's Lauren Kirschman.

Big Ben remained productive last season with 4,251 yards and 28 touchdowns, but at 36 years of age, it is safe to say that he is approaching the twilight of his career.

Physically, Rudolph has many similarities to Roethlisberger, as he is listed at 6'5" and 235 pounds, while Roethlisberger is 6'5" and 240 pounds.

Rudolph also had a highly productive collegiate career as a three-year starter at Oklahoma State.

Last season, he completed 65.0 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards, 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while also rushing for nine scores.

Rudolph is a developmental prospect, but he has impressive physical tools, and he will have the chance to learn behind a potential future Hall of Famer.

   

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