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

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  • 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