2011 NFL Draft: Why Not Mike Pouncey In Top 10?

Florida OL Mike Pouncey predicts he'll be a Dallas Cowboy after April's NFL draft.

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2011 NFL Draft: Why Not Mike Pouncey In Top 10?

Traditionally, an interior offensive lineman is not a position you'd be looking for in the top 10. For the most part the value simply isn't there as there's not much drop off from a first round guard or center to a second or third round guard or center.

That may change this year with the Dallas Cowboys. They're drafting ninth overall and Florida G/C Mike Pouncey has already publicly predicted he'll be going to the Cowboys.

Peter King of SI.com brought up an interesting point when talking about taking a guard or a center that high -- if you think he'd be great, why not pull the trigger?

Last year, the 8-9-10 picks were Rolando McClain (eight, Oakland), C.J. Spiller (nine, Buffalo) and Tyson Alualu (10, Jacksonville). Maurkice Pouncey went 18th, to Pittsburgh. I'd argue Maurkice Pouncey was the third-most impactful rookie in the draft last year, behind Ndamukong Suh and Sam Bradford. He certainly was a better rookie -- starting from the third day of training camp at center and making the Pro Bowl -- than McClain, Spiller or Alualu. Maybe those three will pass Pittsburgh's Pouncey, but clearly the Steelers got an excellent player at 18.

There's no such thing as a sure-thing in the NFL draft but interior offensive lineman are close. Those that are picked in the first round generally do pretty well (but there are always exceptions). So I wouldn't knock the Cowboys too much if they decided to defy tradition and go with someone like Pouncey in the top 10.

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2011 NFL Draft: Mike Pouncey Predicts He's Going To Dallas Cowboys

Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey is expected to have a shot as a first round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and could be the first interior lineman taken. Pouncey had a solid career at Florida and his stock is likely helped by the impressive play of his brother, Maurkice, as a rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers last year.

Pouncey looked sharp at Florida's pro day in March and, after going on visits with teams, he has an idea of where he'll be playing next year,which he talked about on his Twitter account.

Headed back to pittsburgh.... would be shocked if i wasnt in a dallas uniform nxt year! The draft is april 28th so we will see....

I'm not sure how the Cowboys would select him absent a trade down. Dallas picks ninth overall which seems awfully high for Pouncey. Jerry Jones did indicate that he's received offers on the ninth pick suggesting they're interested in trading down. It's unlikely Pouncey is around in the second round when the Cowboys pick.

But if he had his choice on where he goes next...

To all the steelers fans i would love to be playing for the steelers and if i had a choice i would but it isnt my choice...   

Interesting stuff. The Steelers pick 31st in the draft so that's a more reasonable spot for him to go, I think. Pouncey will attend the draft on April 28, where he'll hope to be a first rounder.

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