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Steelers take wide receiver James Washington in 2nd round

South Squad wide receiver James Washington of Oklahoma State (28) carries the ball past South Squad cornerback Chandon Sullivan of Georgia State (22) during the South's team practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington in the second round of the NFL draft, giving the AFC North champions a boost at the position a day after they traded Martavis Bryant to Oakland.

Washington caught 226 passes for a school-record 4,472 yards and 39 touchdowns in four seasons with the Cowboys. Washington is already familiar with Heinz Field. He caught five passes for 124 yards when Oklahoma State blew out Pitt 59-21 last September.

This is the second straight year the Steelers have taken a wide receiver in the second round. They selected JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of the 2017 draft. Smith-Schuster's rapid development made the talented but enigmatic Bryant expendable.

The 6-foot Washington can line up both in the slot and on the outside and can get downfield. He averaged 19.8 yards per reception during his college career.

The Steelers have two picks in the third round and are likely to address inside linebacker with one of their two selections.

Related: OSU's Mason Rudolph picked by Pittsburgh Steelers in 3rd round

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