Steelers Select C Maurkice Pouncey With The 18th Selection In The First Round Of 2010 NFL Draft

The Steelers drafted center Maurkice Pouncey from the University of Florida with the 18th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. Pouncey is 6\’4″ and weighs 304 lbs. His arm length is 32 1/2 inches and he has a hand size of 10 inches. Pouncey is versatile enough to play guard as well and might start on the right side until center Justin Hartwig is gone. The last center the Steelers took with their first pick, Chet Gladchuck of Boston College in 1941, never played for them. Pouncey has been compared to Matt Birk of the Ravens and is an athletic lineman who can pass block with good leverage, and a good lateral slide. He has thick lower body and is naturally strong. Has shown good awareness to pick up delayed blitzes and seals off the inside well on runs. Seals his man out of the play on inside runs. Pouncey needs to work on consistency and maintaining his blocks without falling off. Very coachable and smart. Could anchor the Steelers line for a decade.

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  • SteelWheel

    OK, as a Florida Gators fan of 20 years I have to say that this is a HUGE get for us. Pouncey is a beast. He is a follow through blocker and a true professional. In other words, this guy doesn’t take downs off. He knows his role and is 100% on every down. He is a huge part of the Gators’ 2 national championships. His dimension is beyond anything we have on our rosters at the present time and everyone should be elated that we have truly…finally found our replacement for DDaws!!!

  • dave

    I’m really pleased with Pouncey. Everything I read about him seems great – he could be a stud lineman for us for the next 10-12 years. If they want to get back to “Steeler football” and run the ball down the other team’s throat, he’s perfect for that.

    If I had to nitpick, I would say they could have maybe traded down a few spots, maybe still gotten Pouncey at say, pick 20. They definitely still could have gotten Demaryius Thomas at 22, Bryan Bulaga at 23, Dez Bryant at 24, Jared Odrick at 28, Kyle Wilson at 29 – all guys I liked too…. But if Pouncey lives up to his advance billing, nobody is going to complain that we could have traded down a few spots.

    I’m also thrilled that they didn’t dump Roethlisberger for a ham sandwich and a bag of used footballs, like some of the rumors earlier in the week….