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Prospect Profiles: Mike Pouncey

MIKE POUNCEY,G/C, FLORIDA

Triangle Numbers: 6-4, 310, 5.25

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Prototypical height and bulk with a large frame
• Athletic with great balance, agility and quickness
• Nimble feet and able to slide laterally and mirror
• Is stout at the point of attack with a wide base
• Decent power and gets adequate push in run game
• Strong and capable of locking on / sustaining blocks
• Range to pull, work in space and reach second level
• Top football IQ with superb instincts and awareness
• Aggressive and plays game with a nasty demeanor
• Versatile with the ability to play multiple positions
• Competitive and a leader with a terrific work ethic
• Tons of experience against top-quality competition
• Excellent bloodlines and brother is excelling in NFL

Weaknesses:
• Is not a polished technician and needs refinement
• Will get caught reaching and lunging at times
• Is not necessarily a physically dominant blocker
• Pad level gets high and leverage is inconsistent
• Struggled mightily with shotgun snaps as a senior
• Must use hands better and show more violent punch
• May have some minor health and durability concerns

VikingsGab:

Strengths: Pouncey is a complete player who boasts both very good athleticism and sharp technique. He shows the ability to consistently win the snap of the ball with quickness and inside hand placement. Good strength at the point of attack. Can mirror and slide quickly in pass protection with quick interior pass rushers. Has a good bubble with the ideal lower body size to anchor against the bull rush. Very effective when pulling towards the outside; consistently opens running lanes. Shows a quick and strong punch, keeps hands ready to extend or jolt at all times. Lateral quickness and second level burst are impressive. Tough and plays for the pancake block. Won’t quit until he hears the whistle. No holding or false start penalties in games I observed; sound discipline.

Needs Improvement: Can lose focus at times and was slow to pick up the delayed blitz or the inside stunt. Handles quickness better than strength and can be overpowered by lineman of equal strength if he doesn’t win the snap. Will lose technique on sustained drives; stamina. Not a road grader in the run game when dealing with pure size.

Bottom Line: There simply aren’t many weaknesses to Mike Pouncey’s game. He is very impressive and should be penciled in as a 10 year starter for the organization that drafts him. He showed that he could handle the best speed and size as an interior lineman in the SEC conference. His versatility is also a huge asset as he has started 28 games at RG, to go along with his 13 games at center (even played four games at DT). His athleticism and strength make him ideal for either a zone blocking or a man-to-man scheme. And while his strength isn’t overpowering, his ability to be quicker and sharper than the man across for him will allow him to carry his success to the NFL as his strength improves. Pouncey is as good a prospect as his brother Maurkice was last season, and Maurkice was a late first round selection. I expect Mike to be drafted right in the same area.

Draft Projection: Late 1st to early 2nd round.

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Athletic… Versatile… Good run blocker… Very solid drive blocker with good power… Good size and reasonably good strength… Can anchor well at POA, does a reasonably good job holding his ground… Plays with good power… Stays low and wins most battles for leverage… Holds up reasonably well versus bull rushers… Gets and maintains good hand placement… Plays with reasonably good leverage… Drives his legs on contact… Maintains good balance… Gets good push and can move the pile in the running game… Can pull and trap block well… Gets to the second level… Does a nice job breaking down in space and blocking on the move… Reasonably good flexibility and COD… Very solid pass protector… Good initial quickness, very quick off the snap… Explodes into his blocks… Good agility… Solid footwork… Very solid knee bender… Very solid lateral movement and slide… Possesses a reasonably strong base… Physical, hard worker, flashes a mean streak… Works hard to finish his assignments.

Negatives: Inconsistent… Slow to recgonize stunts and delayed blitzes… More of a wall-off blocker in space than actual hitter… Can be beat by quicker three-techniques… Will lunge and lose balance… Doesn’t keep his head up… Struggles snapping the ball, especially from the shotgun… Looked better in 2009 as a Guard, will get some misguided consideration at Center

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

The Giants are in the market for interior offensive line help, and Pouncey would certainly help. The brother of star center Maurkice, he’s not as good as his brother, but is very good in his own right. Center/guard, athletic, good height, smart and aggressive. It comes down to whether you like him or Rodney Hudson better. Pouncey offers more versatility, so he’s probably the better choice. Is he better at guard or at center? My guess would be at guard, but I think he would be fine either way. I think first round is a bit to high. If you want him, you trade up in the second to get him. Would be worth it too.

OT:

Gabe Carimi

OL Anthony Castanzo

Rodney Hudson

Derek Sherrod

Marcus Gilbert

CB

Brandon Harris

Jimmy Smith

Davon House

Johnny Patrick

TE

Kyle Rudolph

DJ Williams

LB

Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

Bruce Carter North Carolina

Greg Jones, Michigan State

Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada

Mason Foster, LB, Washington

KJ Wright, LB, Mississippi State

RB

Mark Ingram

DeMarco Murray

WR:

Jerrel Jernigan

Randall Cobb

DL

Aldon Smith

Jarvis Jenkins

Phil Taylor


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4 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Mike Pouncey”

  1. Jason C. says:

    3rd round at best, anyone that takes him before that, will regret it, unless they’re set with him at guard, but is he THAT elite of a guard to go round 1 or 2??

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