Scouting Report: I have had a chance since the season ended to go back and watch the "other" Pouncey play several times. He's a nice player. He's really quick for his size and has very agile feet for a big man. He gets outside in a hurry doesn't get outquicked by linebackers. He sets up quick, plays with good leverage and overall stands out as the most athletic of the Gator linemen. He's up and down with how he uses his hands, sometimes getting caught flat footed and being forced to reach and other times when he gets in the right positon he can re-direct well.
Draft Status: I don't know where Pouncey will be drafted. I suspect it'll be somewhere middle of the second round. His athleticism will entice teams especially with his size. I'm not sure he's worth a pick that high, but this draft is really down in terms of interior offensive linemen so it naturally moves a guy like Pouncey up.
Final Analysis: Pouncey is a solid prospect. He's not his brother Maurkice. His strength and power are nothing close. Whereas Maurkice blows guys off the ball and even as a rookie played like a veteran, Mike is not going to do that. He's much more of a finesse player and struggles with really aggressive players. Well in the NFL, there are lots of aggressive players. He's going to struggle against the power he's going to face in the NFL, especially at center against so many big 3-4 nose tackles. His future might be as a 4-3 guard where he wont' have as many one on ones and he can take advantage of his athletic ability pulling and getting to the outside.
Reminds me of: Samson Satele C Oakland Raiders - Both guys look like they should be bruisers but play a little softer and quicker than you'd expect. Satele is a solid starter in the league and Pouncey can be the same, but don't think if you draft Mike you are getting Maurkice.
Red Flags: None
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy