Terrelle Pryor: Pro day attracts 17 teams, Tressel

Pryor won't appeal suspension


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As Terrelle Pryor walked off the field at Hempfield High School's football stadium after his pro day Saturday, a group of Jeannette fans unfurled a banner to "support Terrelle on his journey to the NFL."

For the former Jeannette High School and Ohio State quarterback, it was a welcome message.

"I haven't heard support besides my family in a long time," Pryor said.

Pryor worked out for representatives of 17 NFL teams, including Steelers director of football operation Kevin Colbert. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also made an appearance at the end of the workout.

There were also a couple hundred fans in attendance, who were told to be quiet throughout, but couldn't stifle their applause on a few of Pryor's nicer passes.

The pro day came just two days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ruled Pryor eligible for Monday's supplemental draft. Goodell also suspended Pryor for the first five regular-season games of the 2011 NFL season. Pryor said Saturday he will not appeal the suspension.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel also made the trip to Hempfield High School near Greensburg.

"Coach Tressel's been extremely supportive throughout this entire process," Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said. "He has been just tremendous in terms of supporting Terrelle throughout this, so I'm not surprised that he's here."

Pryor started the workout running the 40-yard dash. He slipped on the first attempt, but his second try was timed around 4.36 seconds. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor led quarterbacks with a time of 4.51 seconds.

Pryor then showed off his arm, throwing various passes to former high school players. Rosenhaus and Pryor said he connected on 47 of his 50 passes, accounting for some drops by the receivers. Ken Anderson, Pryor's personal coach and former Steelers quarterbacks coach, directed the workout.

"All the other quarterbacks, at their pro days, they work out with guys they've been training with and playing with their whole career," Rosenhaus said. "He had a makeshift workout and was fantastic."

After passing, Pryor went through cone drills, and had a 31-inch vertical leap.

Pryor said he would like a shot to play quarterback in the NFL, but would do anything the team that drafts him requests.

"I'm a quarterback at heart," he said.

Pryor checked in at 6 feet 5 and 232 1/2 pounds, which could make him an intriguing option for teams as a wide receiver. He did not go through any receiver drills, but Rosenhaus said he thought the 40-yard dash time should speak for itself.

"You talk about a guy that's 6-5, 235 pounds that can run under a 4.4? That player doesn't exist," Rosenhaus said.

Monday, teams will have a chance to essentially submit a bid for the round in which they would draft Pryor. Whichever team submits the earliest round will have an opportunity to sign him. Pryor said there was no chance he would hold out for a shot at next year's NFL draft, where he could possibly be picked higher.

"We will get a contract done the same day he's drafted," Rosenhaus said. "He'll be practicing the next day."

Pryor is eligible to play in preseason games and participate in training camp, but once the regular season starts he cannot practice or play until week six of the season.


Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1459


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