Steelers Perceived Interest In Pryor Likely Just A Good Deed For League

The NFL Supplemental Draft will take place on Monday and the Steelers are once again being linked as a possible suitor for former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Pryor worked out at a high school stadium near his hometown of Jeannette, Pa on Saturday and there were reportedly 17 teams on hand to watch him. The Steelers were 1 of the 17 teams present and that is not surprising. The Steelers filmed the work out to send to all 32 teams and that too is not surprising in itself as they were the closest team to the stadium. Pryor visited with the Steelers today and as Scott Brown points out, that too is not surprising as the Steelers could just be conducting the physical of Pryor to share with all the clubs on such short notice.

So do the Steelers have real interest in Pryor or are they just doing other teams a favor? Let\’s break it down with a few bullet points.

* Pryor will be suspended for the first 5 weeks of the season so any team that selects him in the supplemental draft will not have his services until week six. He will be placed on the suspended list at the start of the season and will not count against the 53 man roster. Should the Steelers indeed select him, they could still carry 3 quarterbacks until having to make a decision on him come week 6.

* The new 46 man game-day active roster works in favor of a team that wants Pryor as a 3rd quarterback to use every now and again for trick plays. The 3rd quarterback rule is a thing of the past now and if a team designates him active on game-day, he can enter and leave the game at any time.

* Former Steelers quarterback coach Kenny Anderson has worked out with Pryor recently, so the Steelers would have his thoughts on him. Of course that info would likely be shared with all teams as well. Not really insider information it is made out to be.

* Pryor does come with quite a bit of baggage though and he certainly would be a long term project at whatever position he ended up at. He seems more of a career slash-type player that will never be regarded as great at any one position in my opinion.

* The Steelers have never made a pick in the supplemental draft since it has existed, and you have to wonder why they would change course now on a player like Pryor.

* If they were to draft Pryor they would pretty much be forced to keep him on the 53 man roster once the suspension is over as he would surely get plucked off waivers if they ever tried to stash him on the practice squad.

I posted back in early June that the Steelers would not have interest in Pryor and I still firmly believe that. At best they might put in a 7th round bid on him, but I figure quite a few teams will as well. It is just a 7th round pick after all. I think the appearance that the Steelers have interest in Pryor is just them doing the other 31 teams in the league a good deed as if they were the host family for an exchange student. Pryor is a local kid after all, but that is were it ends in my honest opinion. We will know the answer for sure in about 24 hours and I would be surprised if he ends up in the black and gold.

  • Steve Duncan

    THANK YOU! I have been saying most of the same things to other Steeler fans for days.

    That, and trying to explain to them that if we wanted a new Kordell Stewart, we would have at least tried Dixon that way. Arians does not seem disposed to do that in his offense, so where would Pryor fit?

  • Joe D

    Pryor is going to be selected with a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
    It is very possible Steelers go for Pryor… he is a heck of an athlete… better than any “slash” in the past.
    Look at his 40 time and other combine stats.. it’s up there with 1st round WR picks… Baldwin, Jones, etc.
    I see Pryor as a WR…. and Steelers will select him. He is the “tall” receiver Rothlisberger has been wanting. Pryor is a better choice than Plax!!!

  • Joe D

    Sweed was a 2nd rounder….
    Randle El was a 2nd rounder…
    Hines Ward is a WR (converted from QB)..

    Pryor 40, verticle, broad, etc measures up to 1st round WR’s!!!
    and pryor is a heck of an athlete… basketball player… etc he will be an excellent WR for the Steelers.

  • jpbucco

    4th round…Skins or Jets maybe Dolphins.

  • Steve Duncan

    Think about what you just said. Steelers have to pick a round ahead of everyone else. You just said he will go 2nd or 3rd (I disagree). That means the Steelers would need to use a 1st or 2nd to get him. No. Chance. In. Hell.

    It’s also hard to say he is better than Plax based on measurables alone when he has never played WR. People said the same things about Matt Jones, he turned out great…

  • Steve Duncan

    You DO know that whatever round he is taken in, that team loses the corresponding pick next year, right? NOBODY is going to use a first on him. He wasn’t projected anything near a first this year, and nothing has changed except he is suspended for 5 games…

  • Clint Martin

    Not a 1st round wr due to the fact he has never played the position. He is about 4 years behind any of the Steelers youngest receivers. Even practice squad ones. Alot to learn about running routes correctlly, But in years and his desire to be the best. If that desire is there is yet to be seen. He does have the athletical ability to do great things. NO Randy Moss though!

  • Clint Martin

    That is a funny comparison, another problem CHILD! Baldwin

  • Phantaskippy

    a few reasons we might go for Pryor:

    1. 6’6″ with speed, if he’s willing to go WR he’d be a great project to replace Limas Sweed with.

    2. Local Boy. He’d be near family and if the Steelers think that would help him stay grounded that would add value to him.

    3. We don’t care nearly as much about off-field issues as locker room issues. We would be more concerned with what kind of fit he would be in the locker room than his off field issues.

    I could see a fourth round pick, or even a third round pick if he is willing to go WR and we like what we hear from talking with him.

  • Steve Duncan

    I can’t see us going higher than a 6 or 7 on him. And someone else will go higher. We don’t have the need at WR for a pick that high. I don’t doubt they will put a low pick in just in case he falls, but I doubt very much they spend a 4 or higher.

  • Joe D

    You obviously never saw Pryor play football or basketball in HS where he would take over the game…

    You obviously don’t know how supplemental draft work either… teams submit a bid… best bid wins.

    Yes, Steelers have to go with a 2nd round pick because all the others are thinking and probably will go 3rd round.

    And yes… based upon the measurables, he is better than the 3 WR’s that went 1st round 2011… which is why I think he will go 2nd round.
    In a few hours, we will see who’s opinion is right.. no use chatting about it anymore.

  • Steve Duncan

    HS is NOT the NFL my friend, sorry. Pryor is NOT worth a second to the Steelers. They do not have a 2nd round need at WR when they have three young guys that all look great.

    And better than A.J. Greene?! Really? Based on measuables alone when Greene has been actually DOING it for years? You’re nuts.

  • Joe D

    Pryor selected with 3rd round pick by Raiders…

    Told you…
    Joe Knows!!!

  • Steve Duncan

    Told us what? You said Steelers in the 2nd.

  • Joe D

    Steve… you are not that bright…
    Read what I wrote above… 1st post..
    2nd or 3rd round pick.
    If Steelers wanted him, they would need to go 2nd round because that are like #30 on the list… equivalent to a high 3rd rounder.

    You were saying 5th or 6th… or even 7th… obviously way off… get over yourself.

  • SteelersDepot

    Please let us not take this in childish direction as I would rather focus on using my time creating content instead of having to moderate comments.