Mike Wallace aims to make Browns pay

December, 30, 2010
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Here is a draft thought to consider: In 2009, the Cleveland Browns selected inconsistent receivers Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi in the second round over Pittsburgh Steelers big-play receiver Mike Wallace.

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All three receivers will share the same field Sunday when the Browns (5-10) host the playoff-bound Steelers (11-4). Pittsburgh can clinch the AFC North and a first-round bye with the victory.

For Wallace, a former third-round pick, he carries a little extra chip when he plays teams like Cleveland. The Browns were one of many teams which continued to pass him over for other wide receivers. Two seasons later, while Robiskie and Massaquoi continue their struggles, Wallace has developed into one of the NFL's top deep threats with 57 receptions for 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns.

This year Wallace has 444 yards and five more touchdowns than Robiskie and Massaquoi combined.

"I take it real personal every time I go out there on the field," Wallace said on a conference call with the Cleveland media. "I just try to make everybody pay for looking over me. ...I guess I just didn't really get much hype coming into the draft."

In coach Eric Mangini's first year, Cleveland had a golden opportunity to land franchise building blocks with three second-round picks. The Browns used those picks on Massaquoi, Robiskie and linebacker David Veikune, who was released by Cleveland this year. Missing on those key picks is one reason the Browns may finish with just five wins for the second straight year.

Wallace admits he wasn't sure where he would land, but he's happy to be a Steeler.

"I’m playing for the best team in America," Wallace said proudly. "I'm playing in the best organization, a real loyal organization where things are ran real smooth over here. I wouldn't trade it for any team."

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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