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Maurkice Pouncey (C)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    304 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 in.
  • College:
    Florida
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Pittsburgh Steelers
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 18 (18)
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Pick Analysis: The Steelers had no choice but to address their offensive line after watching Ben Roethlisberger repeatedly take a beating last season. Maurkice Pouncey gives the Steelers a versatile interior blocker adept at playing the physical style that the team prefers. With his ability to play center or guard, Pouncey should immediately contribute as a rookie starter.

Overview

Pouncey is a versatile lineman that has lined up at both center and guard. He is a squatty, quick-footed athlete that can roll his hips to redirect and adjust to movement or sink his hips to hunker down against a powerful bull rush by big nose tackles. He is quick with his first step after the snap and quick to get a fit with his hands but will let his weight get too far forward at times. Pouncey had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in May of 2009 and durability could become a concern down the road. He should be quick to see the playing field thanks to his versatility.


Strengths

Pouncey has the size and quickness we look for in an interior offensive lineman. Has the versatility to play both center and guard. Exhibits great awareness and can handle complex defensive line play. Really active. Displays impressive body control and balance when getting out in front in the running game. Plays with good leverage.

Weaknesses

Not too many holes in his game. Durability is a concern after Pouncey underwent torn labrum surgery. Could benefit from playing with a higher degree of tenacity. We’d like to see him more consistently finish off his blocks and fight until the whistle.

Grade

8.4

 

Video Playlist

  • Steelers take Pouncey

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 09:44 p.m.

    The Steelers select Florida C Maurkice Pouncey with the 18th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • Mike Iupati vs. Maurkice Pouncey

    Published: April 15, 2010 at 07:16 p.m.

    Mike Mayock and Charley Casserly both see Pro Bowl potential in these two offensive linemen.

  • First Draft: Maurkice Pouncey

    Published: March 30, 2010 at 01:41 p.m.

    Maurkice Pouncey shares his excitement about taking the next step in his football career.

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