Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was a prized commodity during the NFL Pro Bowl draft Tuesday night, going to Team Sanders as the first center off the board. The Pro Bowl has been criticized in the past for being dull due to a lack of interest from players, but Pouncey told SiriusXM NFL Radio that this year's game will be competitive, in part because of the draft format.
"I really think it's going to be competitive, honestly, because we're doing walk-throughs in practice, and the defensive line they're going full speed," Pouncey said. "They're not even letting us block them in practice. Everyone's excited, some guys are mad that they got drafted later than other guys, so I think this is going to be a real competitive game. I know one thing, I'm going to be going 110 percent because I'm going to be ready to play."
Pouncey has the unenviable task of going up against a defensive line that boasts J.J. Watt and Ndamukong Suh as starters in practices for the Pro Bowl. Both players should give Pouncey more than enough preparation for when he goes up against the likes of Jason Hatcher and Robert Quinn this Sunday.
Whether the Pro Bowl is actually watchable this year remains to be seen. You can determine the competitiveness for yourself Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. Check out the full rosters for Team Sanders and Team Rice.