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Old 04-23-2010, 07:33 AM   #1
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Default Tomlin Swings And Misses With Pouncey....

Thd drafting of Maurkice Pouncey was such a miss on a golden opportunity it isn't even funny. Once gain, Mike Tomlin proves that his man crushes defy the laws of common sense. As he did with Lawrence Timmons, Ziggy Hood, & now Pouncey he tries to fit a square peg into a round hole. Bryan Bulaga, a top 5 talent goes into free fall due to the whacky whims of a few teams. There's a guy, who could without a doubt play 4 OL positions, and quite possibly 5. He played a pro style offense at Iowa, and has everything you could ask for in a OL. Big, strong, tough, and nasty. He was built by God to play the OL. Then you have Pouncey.... a FLA product, who played in a gimmick offense, who by all accounts is averaged sized for an OL. Couple that with the fact that he's oddly built in that his legs appear to be skinny. A problem in a the Pro Game where he'll be expected to anchor against the likes of Shawn Rogers & Haloti Ngata. All in all, like when Tomlin drafted Timmons to be an OLB in the 3-4, and Hood to be a DE in the 3-4, despite the fact that both came from 4-3 programs and had never played their prospective positions, once again, he "projects" what he thinks Pouncey could be. You don't "project" in the 1st round. You take the proven commodity. His name is Bryan Bulaga...
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Wow, Bulaga a top 5 talent? Someone has a man-crush, but it isn't Tomlin.
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:49 AM   #3
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Default Re: Tomlin Swings And Misses With Pouncey....

Go back and do some research on Maurkice Pouncey before you write him off.

Pouncey is projected as the best center prospect of the last 10 years. Guess that just isnt good enough.

I guess drafting a center to play center is definitely putting a square peg in a round hole.
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Well put youngstown...Where are you seeing a "pro style" offense at Iowa?? Iowa does not run a spread option but that does not mean they run the prototypical "pro style" offense. Pouncey also held his own against Mt. Cody who slipped out of the first round BUT dan williams didn't and he got handled by Pouncey....OH and Mccoy the 3rd overall pick said he was the toughest he had ever gone against. Just some food for thought.
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I'm as big a Bulaga fan as anyone here. Was disappointed that we didn't take him, but you may want to let Maurkice get his jockstrap back on before you bad mouth him to much. He will be a good one.
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Default Re: Tomlin Swings And Misses With Pouncey....

I had Pouncey as a late 1st rounder...but nfldraftscout.com ranked him as the #17 overall prospect. As far as him not being able to play against 3-4 tackles?

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Pass blocking: Adept at the shotgun snap. Good quickness and accuracy in firing the snap back and catching the defensive tackle. Stout at the point of attack. Quick, accurate hand placement and impressive strength to handle the bull rush. Big and strong enough to handle the nose guard one on one. Good lateral agility and balance to handle quicker defensive tackles. Keeps his head on a swivel and looks to help his teammates.

Run blocking: Rare combination of size, leverage and power as a drive blocker. Stays low and gets under the pads of his opponent to move him off the line of scrimmage. Very good combination blocker; capable of helping out the guard initially on the double-team and releasing to get to the second level. Good quickness, balance for the trap block. Plays with some nastiness. Looks to pancake his opponent when he feels he's off-balance. Good effort to sustain. Finishes the block.

Pulling/trapping: Not often asked to pull from the center position in this offense, but was asked to do this some as a freshman at right guard. Quick out of his stance and has the straight-line speed and balance to get out in front of the back. Good recognition to find his target and has the body control to adjust to the smaller opponent. Can be a punishing trap blocker. Good quickness and explodes into his opponent to knock him out of the play.

Initial Quickness: One of his best traits. Capable of making the accurate snap and still get his hands up quickly to catch the defensive tackle without losing much ground. Explosiveness as a trap blocker is impressive.

Downfield: Good, not great, speed to get to the second level. Good balance and agility to hit the moving target. Hustles downfield and looks for someone to hit.

Intangibles: Intelligent. Made all the line calls for Gators. Showed his toughness by starting in the 2009-10 Sugar Bowl only hours after receiving four bags of IV fluids and being treated for kidney stones. Underwent a CT scan that showed no obstruction in his kidneys and was cleared to play. Identical twin, Mike, plays right guard for the Gators and elected to return for his senior season.
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Wow, Bulaga a top 5 talent? Someone has a man-crush, but it isn't Tomlin.
Every mock had him going in the top 10. Most at 5 to KC. I'm not making it up...
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I'm as big a Bulaga fan as anyone here. Was disappointed that we didn't take him, but you may want to let Maurkice get his jockstrap back on before you bad mouth him to much. He will be a good one.
Exactly! I wanted Bulaga also but Pouncey is going to be a great player for us.
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Default Re: Tomlin Swings And Misses With Pouncey....

Nevermind the whopping 14 he put up on his Wonderlic. Newsflash folks, OL should be your smartest players, and the OC should be the smartest of all. Maurkice Pouncey=FAIL
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Well put youngstown...Where are you seeing a "pro style" offense at Iowa?? Iowa does not run a spread option but that does not mean they run the prototypical "pro style" offense. Pouncey also held his own against Mt. Cody who slipped out of the first round BUT dan williams didn't and he got handled by Pouncey....OH and Mccoy the 3rd overall pick said he was the toughest he had ever gone against. Just some food for thought.
Iowa does in fact love to run the ball and work its way into the passing game. Pretty much what I've heard people around here say the Steelers should do. Their style of line play is very simular to the Steeler. Bulaga did a very good job in their bowl game against Morgan, how I think is much better that Cody. Bulaga would have been a great pick for us, maybe even a better pick, but that doesn't change the fact that we got a very good play that hopefully will be out OC for the next 15 years.
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