Rudolph will join Washington, his main target at Oklahoma State and Pittsburgh's second-round choice.
Little did they know they were both getting their first taste of their new home.
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It took until the 76th overall slot Friday night, 44 picks after the last one, that Rudolph was selected by Pittsburgh. But the veteran is already 36 years old, and this is probably his final season anyway. The team is hoping their 2018 second round pick will turn into half the gem that JuJu Smith-Schuster became a year ago.
Both players were clearly on Pittsburgh's radar throughout the process.
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And the duo already made a first impression to anyone paying attention to the game at Heinz Field on September 16. But some of his more memorable moments came as a junior in two contests that would reshape the 2016 season for Penn State. Rudolph connected with Washington five times for 124 yards in the victory. Rudolph chucked eight touchdown passes in that game.
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.
The 6-foot-3, 321-pound defensive tackle surprised some when he was invited to the NFL Combine in March. Richards, who finished his OSU career at safety after playing at cornerback his first three seasons, signed with the Los Angeles Rams. He the first OSU quarterback selected in an National Football League draft since Brandon Weeden was taken in the first round in 2012.