The Steelers selected Oklahoma State wideout James Washington in the second round of the NFL Draft in what was a curious decision considering their already-loaded corps of receivers.
Yet, especially after the trade of Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh was suddenly lacking in proven talent. Washington brings excellent leaping ability, and a possession receiver to go alongside the explosive Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Washington's consistency and willingness to block on the edge will also make him a fan favorite in the Steel City. Pittsburgh loves to run draw plays and out of the shotgun, making the former Oklahoma State Cowboy valuable on nearly every down.
Mason Rudolph completes one of his first practice passes to collegiate teammate James Washington. Next pass is a bit high. pic.twitter.com/QaJpxtUtDu— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 11, 2018
Not to mention, his connection with Mason Rudolph could prove key down the line. Should Washington succeed with Ben Roethlisberger, and Rudolph be tabbed as an eventual successor to the Hall of Fame QB, his former target will provide an easy initial outlet.
Of course, that's thinking down the line, but who's to say Kevin Colbert hasn't taken it into account? It's his job to think long-term.
Washington has a lot to prove, and much hype to live up to in Pittsburgh. Carving out a role in this loaded corps won't be easy, but he's up to the task.