Continuing our series of breakdowns on players the Fins may have a first-round interest in, today we look at Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey. Earlier this week, we focused on Alabama RB Mark Ingram and Boise St. WR Titus Young, a couple of big names at a couple of skill positions. Today, though, we get down and dirty in the trenches:
Breaking Down: Mike Pouncey
Even with the recent re-signing of Richie Incognito, most folks agree that the Dolphins are looking for help on the interior of their offensive line. Unfortunately, according to most draft experts, there aren’t any truly “elite” guards or centers in this year’s draft. That said, thanks in part to the success of his twin brother Maurkice’s success with the Steelers this year, Mike Pouncey is probably going to be the first interior lineman drafted this April. The question, of course, is whether or not he’s a good fit for Miami at #15.
Paul Burmeister of the NFL Network joined out show a couple of times in the last few weeks and was sure to make the point that only one guard or center is taken in the first round every year. That raises another question, too: is Mike Pouncey a guard or a center in the NFL (he played guard most of his career at UF before taking over for his brother at center this past season)?
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post, along with several other analysts I’ve spoken to, have said that Pouncey is almost unquestionably better suited to be a guard in the NFL. And be careful with those comparisons to his brother. Bunting told us that Mike is “not quite as athletic or technically sound” as Maurkice and “not the same caliber prospect,” either. Bunting projects Pouncey as a late first or early second round pick.
Meanwhile, there are several top-tier offensive tackles that could be selected in the first round this year, but Doug Farrar of FootballOutsiders.com warned that none of them are really capable of kicking inside to guard. He was, however, impressed with FSU’s Rodney Hudson and Danny Watkins of Baylor as guys who could make an impact on the interior of the o-line. Bunting also brought up TCU’s Marcus Cannon as a good 3rd or 4th round kind of guy.
So, as you can see, there is not a tremendous amount of love for the second Pouncey brother, even though I’ve seen several mock drafts that suggest he will be targeted by Miami at #15. So, what do you think?
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