Report: Steelers Met With Florida C Max Garcia Ahead Of Pro Day

Not only did the Pittsburgh Steelers meet with Florida running back Matt Jones prior to his Tuesday Pro Day, they also met with center Max Garcia as well, according to Tony Pauline of draftinsider.net.

Garcia is a versatile lineman who played center, guard and tackle during his college career and that’s position flexibility that will certainly endear him to the Steelers as well as other teams.

Garcia was also voted team captain last season by his teammates and that’s another character trait that the Steelers value.

The Steelers currently have two starters on their offensive line that played at Florida in center Maurkice Pouncey and tackle Marcus Gilbert. Recently retired tackle Max Starks also was drafted by the Steelers out of Florida in 2004. He started several seasons for the Steelers at both right and left tackle.

According to Pauline, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak was present Tuesday at the Pro Day along with general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin.

Garcia is considered a late-round prospect, who could potentially go undrafted.

  • steelster

    What round is he projected to go in ?

  • puCrepeaP

    pass, no good centers have ever come out of Florida.

  • steeltown

    7th or even undrafted

  • steelster

    Yes. He added that sentence after I asked the question.

  • Chris Nicolaou

    Maurkice Pouncey ???

  • JNick

    Is he related to Mike Pouncey?

  • William Weaver

    Funny

  • Chris Nicolaou

    Is this a trick question

  • RobE

    As long as he’s not the one who was blocking his own teammate then I’m fine with it.

  • PittsburghSports

    He put up 30 reps, so strength isn’t an issue.

  • LucasY59

    Would definitely give him a UDFA contract, he isn’t the caliber of Wes Johnson, but could turn out to be solid, cheap depth. don’t imagine he would ever become a starter tho

  • Matt Manzo

    I don’t know why he’s ranked so low. He looked like he dominated at senior bowl practices?
    He, Marpet and Sherff are the OLs id like to see in Black n Gold!

  • Heather Danis

    Yah, it’s a pretty broad range on him. Some have him in late in the 5th round and some have him in UFA range. Guess we’ll know as soon as the visits pick up.

  • RW

    He’s a great player who’s actually quite good out in space. I watch a ton of gators football (in-laws are big fans), and his best position may actually be Guard. He’s pretty good out on space, and could eventually start at LG for us. He reminds me of a more athletic John Sullivan, who was taken in the 5th and is a top 5 center now. I’d take him, for sure.

  • James Kling

    Some up and down with Garcia, but has held his own against top LOC, has versatility (incl. a LT stint), so I can see where he might fit ~R6. Could be a replacement for Foster who could fill in along the line.

  • Heather Danis

    Many of the draft line-ups I’ve noted have him running in the late 5th / early 6th so we’ll have to see if the Steelers like him enough for our 5th rd selection.