The Pittsburgh Steelers know Ben Roethlisberger is returning for at least the 2018 season, and possibly longer, but that fact won’t deter them from doing their homework on all prospects this offseason — even quarterbacks.
One of those quarterbacks the team is planning on meeting with is Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph. This per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:
The Steelers plan to meet with Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph at the NFL combine. Rudolph (6-foot-5, 233 pounds) started three seasons at Oklahoma State.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 2, 2018
To be fair, the Steelers, and every other NFL organization, will meet with tons of prospects at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, but some meetings are more formal than others. Also, not all athletes who don’t meet with the Steelers are considered off their radar. Last year JuJu Smith-Schuster only met briefly with the team at the combine, and didn’t talk to them again until he was taken in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Nonetheless, the Steelers showing even a small level of interest in Rudolph, who has the measurables of an NFL quarterback, shows the team is doing exactly what Kevin Colbert said he would when speaking with media before the start of the combine.
Doing their homework on every position.
With Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones and Joshua Dobbs all returning for the Steelers in 2018, it seems odd they would be thinking quarterback in the early rounds of the draft. However, if someone they like falls to Day 2, or even Day 3, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for them to consider grabbing a quarterback to add to their depth chart.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on meetings from the combine, and other NFL news surrounding the black-and-gold.