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The Pouncey question
March 21st, 2011

NEW ORLEANS -- Should the Steelers seriously consider trading up in the first round to take Mike Pouncey?

It is a pretty safe assumption that Pouncey will be gone before the Steelers’ first pick in the NFL draft, No. 31 overall.

Part of that is due to the success his twin brother, Maurkice, had last season with the Steelers. Pouncey made a seamless transition from college to the NFL, becoming the Steelers’ first rookie offensive linemen to make the Pro Bowl since the 1950s.

Mike Pouncey has said he wants to play center in the NFL, like his brother, but he may be just as suited to play guard. And his stellar career at Florida isn’t the only indicator that he should thrive at the next level as well.

When asked if Mike Pouncey is a clone of Maurkice Pouncey, the No. 18 overall pick in 2010, Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert said, “Identical twin.”

On the field too? “Identical twin,” Colbert said.

Wow. That is heady praise.

And that observation alone should make the Steelers think long and hard about trying to re-unite the Pouncey brothers in Pittsburgh.

They have a need at guard, and if Mike Pouncey is anything close to his brother as a player, the Steelers will take another big step in shoring up their offensive line.

Cost, of course, will be a factor if the Steelers decide to trade up in the first round -- something they did in 2003 to take Troy Polamalu and then in 2006 to snag Santonio Holmes.

The Steelers have seven picks in the draft, which will be held April 28-30, and they aren’t expected to receiving any compensatory selections (those will be awarded Monday or Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings).

Colbert plays his draft hand as close to the vest as possible. But he indicated that only having seven draft picks won’t dissuade the Steelers from trading some of them if they want to move up in the first round.

“You go into every draft anticipating you’re going to have seven picks,” Colbert said. “You may come out of it with four (picks), you may come out of it with 10 again by trading down or trading up.”

03-23-2011, 04:58 PM
I think it depends on how the coaches feel about the ability for guys like Butler, Lewis, Sylvester, C. Scott, etc. to contribute this year and how many more back-ups do we need? Also, who are we going to retain or go after in free agency (if it ever happens)? If they feel comfortable with giving away a couple of our draft picks to ensure we get the right guy, I'd have no heartburn with it, myself.