NFL Draft: Marcus Allen drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in fifth round

For his efforts during his senior season, Rudolph was named the victor of the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and received second-team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association.

As for Rudolph himself, he'll have a chance to learn from Roethlisberger and ease his way in to an offense that features some of the most explosive playmakers in the NFL. However, Roethlisberger has one more year left on his contract after the 2018 season. The Steelers also traded away their seventh-round (220th overall).

While not expected to start during his freshman season, Allen would thrown into the spotlight in place of an injured Ryan Keiser during the Nittany Lions' eventual double-overtime loss to Ohio State in 2014. He and Taylor Moton - a 2017 second-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers - anchored a Broncos offensive line that allowed just 16 sacks all season. Rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 58 passes for 917 yards. He the first OSU quarterback selected in an National Football League draft since Brandon Weeden was taken in the first round in 2012.

NFL Draft 2018: Steelers select potential Ben Roethlisberger successor Mason Rudolph
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Allen is the second safety selected by the Steelers in the draft.

Rudolph was projected as a fringe first round draft pick whose status as an Air Raid quarterback would limit his appeal.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was at OSU's Pro Day in March. Others believed it could afford to wait until Round 2, but there was a name that consistently surfaced in Steelers circles: Mason Rudolph. The Cowboys should have more draft picks on Saturday in rounds 4-7, including receiver Marcell Ateman.

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