PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers selected South Dakota State quarterback Chris Oladokun with the 241st overall pick, their second pick in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
A Tampa native, Oladokun started his college career at South Florida and also stopped at Samford. The Steelers hosted Oladokun
Oladokun (6-foot-2, 195 pounds), started last season with the Jackrabbits, throwing for 3,164 yards, 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also rushed for 166 yards last season and caught two touchdowns, displaying his athleticism on the offensive side of the ball.
He led the Jackrabbits to an 11-4 record, including wins over an FBS team at Colorado State and a home victory over the No. 1 FCS team in the country and eventual national champions North Dakota State. South Dakota State was unranked entering the FCS playoffs, but won three games before bowing out in the semifinals at Montana State.
Before transferring to South Dakota State, Oladokun played for Samford, where he started nine of 19 games in two seasons. In the limited action he saw on the field, Oladokun threw for over 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns. His first stop in college was at South Florida, where he saw even less time as a backup, starting two games in 2018, completing 22 of his 44 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns.
Oladokun is the second quarterback the Steelers selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, following first-round pick Kenny Pickett. They will join free agent acquisition Mitch Trubisky and veteran Mason Rudolph as the team’s four quarterbacks this offseason.
The Steelers had an additional need at quarterback after the death of Dwayne Haskins earlier this month, who was slated to also be in the team’s quarterback competition.