Mike Pouncey — A Safe Pick?

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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.

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Tags: 15th Pick Bill Parcells Jeff Ireland Miami Dolphins Mike Pouncey NFL Draft Samson Satele Tony Sparano

  • joe

    We will find out if he was a safe pick if the season ever starts. Besides- do we have anybody better at this point. I hate all the articles that are so ignorant, when the guy hasn’t even played a snap yet. I think if we are able to draft the 6 ft 5″ rifle armed Nathan Enderle, we will be fine. Best QB in the draft, save maybe Newton. Even with Thigpen starting we should be fine. Please not Henne again or I think I will throw up.

  • fins4ever1

    I respectfully disagree.

    Pouncey has a better skill set and is more atheletic than Samson (I liked Sam). Size isn’t everything. Look at Berger. The guy is huge and he got tossed like a rag doll.

    I like what the pick. The line must improve before any simulation of a running game, and will help the passing game as well. Pouncey gives them flexibility and depth on a very weak line.

    I disagree that they should have “reached” for a QB at 15 as well, and can’t help but think that you minimize the importance of the Center position. IMO, he is the most valuable member of the O line. He makes the calls on blocking assignments and must take on the nastiest player on the D line (the NT). Just my opinion. I guess we will see.

  • Alex Rheinwald

    His brother, who held together the Steelers offensive line last year is an inch shorter and exactly the same weight. Your size argument is just an easy way out, size isn’t everything. Study tape, then you will understand why they made this pick.

  • andre

    size arm length speed quickness doesnt mean anything. like the other guy said watch tape and see if he a good player or not

  • letslookahead

    Alright, so for better or worse, we got Pouncey in the first round. Now, let’s look ahead to what Miami can, cannot, should or should not do today. I was hoping to see articles about this, but everybody is writing several articles about the one pick.
    So first off, I wish we could have traded down, but from what they are saying, it wasn’t available. So no second round pick for us. Which means we are going to miss out on another four or five QB’s. Dalton, Kaepernick, Mallett and Stanzi are more than likely going to be gone by the time we pick. So where do we go with out third? I think we will go RB. Hopefully Daniel Thomas will be around.
    Then in the fourth hopefully a QB like Enderle. Thenin the fifth another RB like Roy Helu Jr.
    What does anybody else want to see?

  • http://si.com JOE HURL

    ANOTHER GENIUS PICK BY MY BELOVED DOLPHINS.LET ME C A CENTER .THAT WILL HELP THEM WIN A TITLE.WHAT A MORON.DOLPHINS NEED RB AND QB,AND BOTH FELL TO THEM AT #15.SO NO GOOD QB WE HAVE,AND NO RB PICK YET.NOT KNOWING IF RICKY AND RONNIE WILL BE BACK.WELL DOLPHIN FANS ENJOY LOOKING UP AND THE JETS AND PATS AGAIN.TRUTH HURTS SORRY !!!!!

  • andre

    we got a 230 lb rb that can play all down according to the experts he got really good hands, only hole is QB. none of these QB was consider franchise QB by the experts so all the team that pick QB in the 1st round gamble