Mike Pouncey -- A Safe Pick?

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First, let’s get something straight.  At 303 pounds, Pouncey is not an NFL guard — he is a center.  If he is to play guard in the NFL, he will have to bulk up — which he does have the frame for, but will likely sacrifice some quickness.  And, at center, I wonder if he actually has the size that Tony Sparano demands.  What’s that you say?  Well, do you all remember Samson Satele?  Satele was selected by Miami with the 28th pick in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.  He started all 16 games as a rookie in 2007, and then all 17 games in his second year when he helped the Dolphins return to the playoffs in 2008.  He was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a fourth round pick in March 2009.  Bill Parcells traded him because he did not have the size to compete against the NTs of the AFC East. 

So, how does Pouncey stack up against Satele?  If you look at the chart below that contains the Combine numbers for each, you can see that Pouncey has a mere 2″ and 3 pounds on Satele.  They have equal upper body strength (24 reps in the bench).  But, Satele has greater lower body strength (101″ to 96″ in the broad jump) and more quickness (7.74 to 7.86 in the 3 cone drill).

So, Mr. Ireland, you say Pouncey was a safe pick at the 15th of the first round in the 2011 NFL Draft?  But, I thought Satele was not big enough?  So, why is Pouncey big enough?  Oh, you say he is two inches taller?  But, I thought height was not necessary a good thing against a NT, epecially with relatively short arms?

Well, I think Pouncey was a reach at the 15th pick.  But, then again so would have been Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett, and Colin Kaepernick.  Me personally, I would like to have Satele back and for the Dolphins to reach for a QB with the 15th pick — not for a CENTER.  I would have NOT liked to have gone from Satele to Grove to Berger to spend the 15th pick in this draft on a CENTER.  It truly does sound like another FG and a FIST PUMP.  What do you think?

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