A look back at what transpired for the Steelers during the 2018 NFL Draft.
Added on: The Steelers added seven players during the draft, three on defense and four on offense. In case you missed something along the way, here is a look at who they took.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2018 NFL Draft Picks
|Terrell Edmunds (1st Round)||S||Virginia Tech|
|James Washington (2nd Round)||WR||Oklahoma State|
|Mason Rudolph (3rd Round)||QB||Oklahoma State|
|Chukwuma Okorafor (3rd Round)||OL||Western Michigan|
|Marcus Allen (5th Round)||S||Penn State|
|Jaylen Samuels (5th Round)||RB||North Carolina State|
|Joshua Frazier (7th Round)||DT||Alamaba|
The team also agreed to terms with 13 rookie free agents, following the conclusion of the NFL Draft, and here is a look at those players.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2018 Rookie Free Agents
|Parker Cothren||DT||Penn State|
|Jarvion Franklin||RB||Western Michigan|
|Pharoah McKever||TE||North Carolina State|
|Matthew Thomas||LB||Florida State|
The entire group with gather for the first time at the team's rookie minicamp, May 11-13, at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.Magic moment: Anyone who watched the first round of the NFL Draft, and even those who didn't, were touched by what was the moment of the night, Ryan Shazier walking across the stage to announce the Steelers selection of Terrell Edmunds.
"Ryan has been setting goals," said General Manager Kevin Colbert. "He was ready to walk when he was ready to walk. He was going to make that determination. It was a goal of his. Since he's been working with us in the draft preparation, we thought that would be a good opportunity. It was up to him. He did great. Again, it's amazing."
Take a look at the best photos from the Steelers 2018 Draft weekend.
Making moves:** Before the Steelers made a pick in the NFL Draft, they made a trade.
The team traded receiver Martavis Bryant, their fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, to the Oakland Raiders. The Steelers get the Raiders third round pick, the 79th overall, in the trade. The team ended up trading up in the third round, going from the 79th spot to the 76th spot, where they selected quarterback Mason Rudolph.
"As we've stated throughout the winter, we weren't interested in trading Martavis," said Colbert. "We weren't making calls in that regard. Teams were calling us. Really, when they'd call, they weren't offering anything that would interest us in trading a player of his caliber. But then when it got to the third round, we thought that was something that was very interesting to us, and we pulled the trigger on that deal. We wish Martavis nothing but the best."
Numbers don't lie: The first night of the NFL Draft was a ratings boom, with a total viewing audience of 11.214 million viewers over five networks, including ESPN which drew 5.336 million viewers. During the same time, the NBA's Celtics-Bucks playoff game on TNT drew 2.408 million, while the Penguins-Capitals game on NBCSN drew 1.398 viewers.