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Terrelle Pryor to Steelers in 2011: Don't draft me

PITTSBURGH -- Cleveland Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor played high school ball just outside of Pittsburgh, but the local sentimentality didn't extend to the NFL.

Pryor told Pittsburgh media in advance of Sunday's game that he basically told the Steelers not to select him in the 2011 supplemental draft.

The former Ohio State star was drafted by the Oakland Raiders as a quarterback, and he's since reinvented himself as a high-level wide receiver with 51 catches for 627 yard through 10 games.

"Coming out of the supplemental draft, we talked about them possibly drafting me," Pryor said of the Steelers. "I just told them, it’s pretty close to home and I play quarterback, I didn’t feel comfortable playing there at quarterback because of all the people I know and people know me. It can get messy. The focus can’t be there. I kind of told them, as much as I wanted to play there, because obviously it’s a great organization, at the same time it probably wouldn’t have worked out because there would have been a lot of focus issues, probably.”

At least Pryor has some solid Steelers connections years later. He said he worked out with Antonio Brown and Randy Moss in Pittsburgh for a week last summer and learned a lot about the nuances of the position.

Coach Mike Tomlin first met Pryor in 2007 and saw a common thread that translates to Pryor's success today. "Sometime position changes have a lot to do with desire. Maybe his perspective of being a member of the National Football League has changed," Tomlin said. "I’ve always viewed him as a football player first, a positional guy second."

Tomlin believes Pryor probably could even master a defensive position or two based on his ability. Informed of that, Pryor said maybe he could play safety or defensive end, though he admitted that he's not a good tackler.