Thursday, April 7, 2011
Cowboys or Steelers for Mike Pouncey?
By James Walker
University of Florida's Mike Pouncey is the top-rated interior lineman in this year's NFL draft. He's also one of the hottest names during this pre-draft period following solid workouts and the success of his twin brother -- Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But Mike Pouncey has a hunch that he will not join his twin in Pittsburgh next season. After making the rounds and meeting with teams, Pouncey tweeted this week that he believes he will play for the Dallas Cowboys.
"Headed back to Pittsburgh ... would be shocked if i wasn't in a dallas uniform nxt year! The draft is april 28th so we will see ... To all the steelers fans i would love to be playing for the steelers and if i had a choice i would but it isnt my choice," Mike Pouncey tweeted.
Both teams need youth and depth on the offensive line. But the biggest difference is the Cowboys own the No. 9 overall pick, which is a spot Mike Pouncey should be available. Barring a draft-day trade, he's probably out of reach for Pittsburgh at No. 31.
An educated guess is Mike Pouncey doesn't land with either team. There is a lot for the Cowboys to like, but No. 9 seems a bit high for a center/guard. I also expect Mike Pouncey to be off the board by the end of the first round.