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Maurkice Pouncey - C Florida, Junior

Height: 6'4 1/2" DOB: 06/24/1989
Weight: 304lbs Age: 25

Pick #18

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32 1/2" 10" 5.23s N/A N/A N/A 7'11" N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

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Scouting Report-Pouncey is a physical specimen, with a long lean frame, long arms, and great structure.  He looks like a big athletic oversized tight end and it shows in his athleticism.  He's been locked down as the starting center for the Florida Gators since he was a true freshman, so even as a junior coming out early, he's got loads of quality experience against tough SEC competition.  Also, even though he was plugged in at center, many think he could easily switch to either left or right guard and some even think he's athletic enough to play right tackle.  No doubt he's got the build for it, and watching him play center, you do get the impression with his footwork and agility he could make the switch.  He does a great job with the line calls and is a leader along the offensive front.  He does a nice job stepping out and sliding, able to pick up blitzers off either edge, pulls, and works well getting to the second level.  He's stronger than he looks, and uses his power and long arms to extend and keep defenders off of him, and re-direct them really well.  There's not a lot Pouncey does wrong in his game, and I think it's more a fact that he has no single feature that stands out, he's being undervalued. 

Draft Status-It's rare to see a center taken in the first round, but I can definitely see it happening this year.  Not so much beccause I think Pouncey is an elite center.  In fact in terms of a pure center prospect, he may not even be the best in the draft.  But when you figure his the upside this young man has, especially in terms of moving to right tackle, and you understand why a team in the bottom third of the first round could certainly take a shot on him.  His potential is that great.

 

Final Analysis-There is lots to like about Pouncey's game.  I always felt like his upside was much higher than his brother's so I'll be curious to track him this season without his twin brother to compare him to.  Pouncey is super athletic and that is what teams want in their offensive linemen.  One thing that I really like about Pouncey is how well he keeps himself low, and even though he's 6'5" you rarely see him give up leverage and lose ground.  I think his biggest shortcoming is probably the unknown.  He may not be able to work on the outside, where he's going to get the fastest players on the defense.  How will he do without a body next to him?  But if he never plays a snap at tackle, and only plays center and guard, he's still a top prospect in this draft.  I think the offensive line for Florida get forgotten because of Tebow-mania, but as you go back and watch what he did, his ability to run block and pass protect stood out.  He's a very sound player technically and as I said, even though he may not have any elite skills, there's really nothing he doesn't do well.

 

Reminds me of: Jason Brown, C St. Louis Rams-Both are long athletic players who work more off finesse than brute force and have shown they can play at a high level at multiple positions.  Brown is floundering in St. Louis right now, but there's not doubt he's a great player, and Pouncey can have that same kind of impact.

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Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy

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