Ben Roethlisberger 'Surprised' Steelers Drafted Mason Rudolph, Won't Mentor QB

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 4, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks during a press conference following the Jacksonville Jaguars 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Ben Roethlisberger doesn't appear to be pleased the Pittsburgh Steelers selected a quarterback in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft. 

During a Friday appearance on Pittsburgh's 93.7 The Fan, Roethlisberger expressed his surprise at the addition of Mason Rudolph:

"I was surprised they took a QB because I thought maybe in the 3rd round you can get some really good players that can help this team win now. Nothing against Mason I think he is a great player. I don't know him personally but I'm sure he is a great kid. I just don’t know how backing up or being the third, who knows where he’s going to fall in the depth chart but helps us win now but that’s not my decision to make that’s all the coaches and the GM and owner...if they feel like he can help our team, so be it but I was a little surprised.”

Regarding Rudolph telling reporters it wasn't up to Roethlisberger to mentor him, the Steelers' starting quarterback said, "If he asks me a question, I might just have to point to the playbook."

After teasing retirement last offseason, Roethlisberger isn't thinking about walking away from the NFL anytime soon now. 

The 36-year-old told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he plans to play "three to five more years, depending on how the line goes and staying healthy, if I can stay healthy."

Roethlisberger is coming off a successful 2017 season. He threw for 4,251 yards with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, leading the Steelers to a 12-3 record in his 15 starts. 

Rudolph, who was drafted No. 76 overall by the Steelers, won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2017 as the nation's best senior quarterback. He set career highs with 4,553 yards and 35 touchdowns at Oklahoma State last season. 


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