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Florida C Mike Pouncey to visit Valley Ranch

3/31/2011

Florida center Mike Pouncey, projected as the best player at his position, is scheduled to visit the Cowboys on April 5.

Pouncey isn't considered a top-10 pick, but with Jerry Jones saying two teams reached out to him to move down in the draft, it's quite possible the Cowboys might leave No. 9 to address the center position.

The tackle spot, however, is more of a pressing need. With Marc Colombo on the books for a $2.6 million option bonus -- due 15 days into the new league year (that hasn't started due to the lockout) -- it would seem center might not be a priority. Andre Gurode, the current starting center, is coming off a Pro Bowl season but there are some concerns about his long-term health due to his knees.

Here's a snippet of what Scouts Inc. had to say about Pouncey: "Quick first step and gains proper hand placement and initial position. Balanced and always has feet underneath him. Plays with leverage and possesses a strong inline power base to get adequate movement. However, can be stoned and occasionally overpowered by bigger and more massive interior DTs. Displays lateral agility to hook 3-technique or cut off shade from the backside. Works to sustain blocks but needs to do a better job of finishing. Can get down the line quickly when asked to pull. Showed some open-field capabilities but needs to do a better job of adjusting on the move to cover up targets. Makes a smooth transition when climbing to the second level to cover up LBs."

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