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Prospect Profiles: C Maurkice Pouncey

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6’4 304 pounds. 32.5 inch arms, 10 inch hands.

5.23 40 yards dash, 26 reps, 27 inch vertical.

Scouting Reports


Production 1 2007: Appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman, including 12 starts at right guard or center. 2008: Started all 14 games at center. 2009: Started all 14 games at center; Unanimous first- team All-SEC, second-team AP All-America, 2009 Rimington Award winner as the nation’s top center.
Height-Weight-Speed 2 Possesses good height and bulk for any of the three interior OL positions.  Speed and athleticism are adequate for size.
Durability 3 Underwent surgery in May 2009 to repair a torn labrum but has not missed game action due to injury during his career.
Intangibles 3 Three-year starter and possesses the versatility to line up at both center and guard at the next level.
Offensive Center specific Traits
Awareness 2 Experienced and displays a thorough understanding of blocking concepts.  Shows good discipline to stay at home and maintain strong position against defensive line movement.  Quickly seeks out and covers up linebackers when combo blocking to the second level.  Awareness in blitz pick up is good but can be step late reacting on occasion.
Toughness 3 Displays good fight when engaged and works to the whistle.  Would like to see more of a mean streak and for him to finish stronger when given the opportunity.
Pass Protection 2 Light on feet and does a good job of shuffling and mirroring to stay in front of rushers.  Can be rocked back initially by more powerful bull-rushers but displays ability to sink hips and regain leverage.  Shows a strong compact punch and displays good hand placement.  Can be overaggressive at times and needs to do a better job of staying patient and sitting back in set.  Only time observed getting into trouble in pass pro is when he lunges.
Run Blocking 2 Good quickness snapping the ball and getting out of stance.  Gains strong initial position and displays proper hat placement with run fits.  Shows good overall balance and is rarely seen on the ground. Power-base is good but not elite and can give ground against bigger NT’s as seen on film working against Tennessee DT Dan Williams. Maintains low pad level and can generate good leverage once engaged.  Moves well down the line and can reach three-technique when zone blocking.  Displays good timing coming of combo blocks and makes smooth transition climbing to the second level.

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.

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.

National Football Post

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.

NFP Grade: 7.5

Scouting Report:
Maurkice Pouncey: No. 56, C, 6-5, 318

A massive center prospect who showcases impressive bend and initial quickness off the snap for his size, Pouncey does a great job of keeping his base low and gaining initial leverage on contact. He possesses a powerful lower body and does a great job of getting his hands inside opposing defenders and driving them off the ball. He’s a gifted in-line run blocker and has the ability to consistently push at the point of attack. Pouncey snaps and steps quickly in the pass game and has the fluidity and balance to slide laterally in space and mirror opposing linemen in pass protection. He’s fluid for his size with the anchor strength to sit into his stance and keep the pocket clean. One of the best centers to come along in years, Pouncey’s combination of size, power and athleticism will likely make him one of the top players at his position in the NFL for years to come.

Grade: 7.5


  • Very good frame with bulk and strength
  • Athletic with good quickness
  • Heavy hands
  • Powerful run blocker
  • Physical and tough
  • Mobile – impressive range
  • Gets to second level quickly
  • Effective at pulls and traps
  • Highly experienced (39 career starts)
  • Good character and intangibles
  • Strong work ethic
  • Productive against talented opponents
  • Experience at both guard/center – can play either position in NFL
  • Still has potential
  • Weaknesses:

  • Might not be a natural knee bender
  • Footwork needs to be polished
  • Seems to lack pass protection awareness
  • Rough transition from Florida’s unorthodox blocking scheme
  • Technique can get sloppy
  • Doesn’t always finish block
  • Summary: Pouncey is a talented player and should be an immediate starter in the league, but I don’t think he is a better prospect than Alex Mack last year. Pouncey is a bit overhyped. His technique tends to get sloppy in the fourth quarter and I have concerns with him in pass protection at the next level against more athletic defensive tackles in a more complicated scheme. Pouncey will come off the board in the top 30 picks and could go as high as No. 18 to Pittsburgh or No. 19 to Atlanta. I have a low first-round grade on Pouncey.

  • Player Comparison: Andre Gurode. Gurode has a good skill set for a center with prototypical height and athleticism. He’s a well-rounded player.
  • Big Board Rankings

    National Football Post 4th 26th

    ESPN Scouts INC 18th 26th

    Draftboard 40th

    CBS NFL Draft Scout 35th

    Where the Mocks Have Him Falling

    Mel Kiper Jr. 1st round pick #24 Baltimore Ravens

    McShay 1st round pick #31 Indinapolis Colts

    cbs nfl draft scout 1st round pick  #18 Pittsburgh Steelers round 1 pick #30 Minnesota Vikings

    Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

    Pouncey is certainley worth a first round pick the question is whether or not he is worth the New York Giants 1st round pick at #15 overall?

    National Football Post would have you believe so. Pouncey received their fourth highest grade out of all players in the 2010 N.F.L. Draft they are clearly the ones who are highest on Pouncey.

    What you like about Pouncey, is that he has versatility at both guard and center. If the Giants were to draft Pouncey they could play him at LG this season and groom him to take over the center position when Shaun O’hara is through, which may or may not be coming soon. O’hara is no Spring Chicken.

    Final Verdict

    If you believe that Pouncey is a top 15 player in the draft then you consider drafting him at #15 overall becuase the Giants could use an upgrade along the offensive line and they definitely need a future replacement for Shaun O’hara. He also fits the criteria of players that you like to draft in the first round, productive players that played in big time games and a player that also has good athletic measurables.

    For me though, Pouncey at 15 does not provide the best value. I think he is a better late round pick, but maybe that is only becuase that’s what usually happens. Centers, and even guard prospects don’t get drafted this high. Offensive tackles do, players who eventually get moved to guard do but they are rarely drafted at 15 with the intention of being guards.

    Pouncey seems like a great fit for a team like hte Colts at the end of the first round, but he might go as high as15 to the Giants, or even 18 to the Steelers.

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    One Response to “Prospect Profiles: C Maurkice Pouncey”

    1. Sam w says:

      would love to get this guy in the 2nd round and even would trade up 10 picks to get it done

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