With the 15th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Mike Pouncey, Center out of Florida. Let me say that again, with the 15th pick … a CENTER. So, how does that grab you? The Dolphins selected a center with the 15th pick of the draft. Jeff Ireland stated it was the safe pick — he knew what he was getting. Was Mike Pouncey a safe pick? A known entity? Let’s take a look at this pick.
Mike Pouncey played center in his senior year of college and RG in his junior and sophmore years. He had a great junior year in 2009 playing along side his brother Maurkice (who now plays for the Steelers). He was selected 2nd team AP All-American at the guard position in 2009. However, in 2010, he could only manage being honored on the 2nd team of the All-SEC team as a center. The step down in recognition from 2009 to 2010 may have been the result of stepping down from the Tim Tebow era and more likely from no longer playing along side of his brother. However, he has played both guard and center positions in college and his performance warrants first round consideration. He has fairly good size at 6′ 5″, but only weighs 303 pounds with an average arm length of 32.25″. He has fair upper body strength (24 reps in the bench press), below average lower body strength (96″ in the broad jump), and average quickness for a guard (7.86 sec in the 3-cone drill) — but, below average quickness for a center. I have compared Pouncey with other guards and centers in the draft in the following two tables.