John E. Hoover: Oklahoma State’s James Washington picked by Steelers in late 2nd round

John E. Hoover: Oklahoma State’s James Washington picked by Steelers in late 2nd round

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington, the Cowboys’ second winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award as college football’s top wideout, is used to going up and getting what he wants.

But Friday night at AT&T Stadium, Washington had to wait a while.

NFL legend Rod Woodson took the stage at the NFL Draft to announce the Pittsburgh Steelers’ second-round draft pick, and Washington’s wait finally ended.

Washington, from Samford, Texas, was the 60th overall pick and will wear black and yellow as he begins his NFL career with the six-time Super Bowl champion Steelers.

The 5-foot-11, 213-pound Washington caught 74 passes for 1,549 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Cowboys last season and took home the top prize for college receivers, joining Justin Blackmon as OSU’s Biletnikoff winners.

Washington surpassed 1,000 yards three times in Stillwater, finishing with 4,472 yards and 39 TD grabs.

The pick adds instant offense to an already prolific Steelers offense, guided by Ben Roethlisberger and sparked by two of the league’s top skill-position players, running back Le’veon Bell and receiver Antonio Brown. In Washington, the Steelers get a receiver who excelled at running down deep throws and high-pointing jump ball throws.


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard every weekday on The Franchise in Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. with co-host Lauren Rew. In Oklahoma City, catch him Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:25 and every Friday afternoon at 4:05. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Visit his personal page at



Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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