The Steelers appear to have found Ben Roethlisberger’s successor after selecting Mason Rudolph in the third round of the NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh traded up from No. 79 to No. 76 to select Rudolph, who had been talked about as a player who could sneak into the first round after a stellar career at Oklahoma State.
— Coach Hue Jackson seemed enamored of Mayfield at the NFL Meetings last month.
“No doubt, he is (still legitimately in the mix at No. 1),” Jackson said. “I think he’s outstanding. I have a different appreciation for Baker. Spending that time with him, what a leader, tremendous person. He is important in the community. I think he’s important to his teammates. I kind of feel like he’s the Pied Piper of Oklahoma football.”
Is this enough evidence to cement Mayfield as the No. 1 overall pick? Obviously not. Anything can happen. But if Mayfield does go No. 1, it will be easy in hindsight to go back and connect the dots.
Mathis’ 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sold at auction Thursday for $2.88 million, according to the Heritage Auctions website. The card was graded by the authenticating firm PSA as a Mint 9, the second-highest grade available and a rare classification for a 1952 Mantle.
While Heritage had estimated the card’s value at $3.5 million before to the auction, it still came close to the record of $3.12 million paid in 2016 for a T-206 Honus Wagner card.
Mathis told The Associated Press last month he acquired the card about two years ago but decided to part with it because he needed to free up some money to move his family from Arizona to Tennessee.
“I don’t think I’ll have any regrets because I’ll have a nice house to show for it instead of the card,” he said.
Mathis, 36, retired following the 2016 NFL season after stints with the Panthers, Dolphins, Bengals, Eagles, Broncos and Cardinals. He was a Pro Bowl selection at guard for the Eagles in 2013 and ’14, and was part of Denver’s Super Bowl champion team the following year.