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Post Trading up for Mike Pouncey
on: April 27, 2011, 06:17
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NFL.com is reporting that Tomlin wants to trade up for Mike if he starts slipping in the draft (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81f8040a/article/steelers-have-serious-designs-on-teaming-up-pouncey-brothers). This and a PFT version (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/26/report-steelers-want-to-trade-up-pair-mike-with-maurkice/) recognize how unlikely this will be considering so many teams have O-line needs.

Which begs the question: Do we need Mike Pouncey?

OK, let's agree that we wouldn't be having this discussion if his name was Mike Jones. He's walking into the draft on his brother's coattails. And by all accounts he is not as good center as Maurkice.

I would like to see Mike in Black n Gold. Yes, it makes for a great story. But I have some stronger reasons.

Mike doesn't need to play center for the Steelers. He has the versatility needed to play up and down the line. Which will be a huge asset considering the O-line needed its own MASH unit in 2010.

Also, I have it stuck in my head that Mike has the same work ethic as Maurkice. First in, last to leave. Religiously studies film. Squad leadership. You know, the kind of things you want to hear about your quarterback. Again, that will serve us well.

Now correct me if I'm wrong but it seems to me this is an O-line in transition. When Sean Kugler came on board he switched to a zone protection strategy. That doesn't work as well with the bigger linemen that the Steelers have been recruiting. Maurkice is the kind of lineman you want for zone protection.

So the Steelers are going to want players in that mold. Players like Mike.

Whether they do move mountains to get Mike or not, it will be interesting to see how they fill O-line needs in the draft.

ryan
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Post Re: Trading up for Mike Pouncey
on: April 27, 2011, 15:18
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We talked about this on the podcast (http://www.steelerslounge.com/2011/04/steelers-lounge-podcast-44-offseason-part-viii-najeh-davenport/) and agreed that if Pouncey was around at 1.31 (he won't be), the Steelers should take him. None of us were in favor of giving up a third-rounder to move up to, say, 25th or so to draft Mike, though.

At the time of La Canfora's report, Bouchette and Wex were dubious, although Wex has since backed off. I still don't see it happening. Two years ago, La Canfora said the Steelers were thinking about cutting Hampton. Of course now La Canfora says he "never reported it," although he sure as hell put it out to the public (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/09/02/case-hampton-on-the-outs/). Short story: I don't think he has reliable sources when it comes to the Steelers.

As to your point, though, I agree: if Mike P. is 85 percent Maurkice, he's a huge upgrade on the o-line. Given the Steelers' other needs -- namely CB and maybe DL -- I just can't fathom giving up a third-rounder to get him. Fifth-rounder? Fine. That said, if Pittsburgh does part with a third-round pick, you can be sure of one thing: they're re-signing Ike.

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Post Re: Trading up for Mike Pouncey
on: April 28, 2011, 15:21
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If the Prince is falling..we are trading up for him...I don't want to trade up for Pouncey because I think he's a good 2nd round player who is getting way too much love. I would love to see him on the Steelers but not at the price of trading up. We have too many needs on this team to be giving up draft picks if we arent getting a premier player who can help right away. Pouncey, IMO. can help us but that goes for just about any average Oline guy in the draft.

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