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Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day

Posted on: March 15, 2011 6:29 pm
All 32 NFL teams were on hand to see Mike Pouncey and the rest of the Florida Gators go through their Pro Day today in Gainesville.

Pouncey was the unquestioned center attraction at the event, as numerous offensive line coaches attended the event, as well as general managers (Jacksonville's Gene Smith) and head coaches (New England's Bill Belichick). The Jaguars' Andy Heck, Bears' Mike Tice, and Steelers' Sean Kugler were among the offensive line coaches in attendance.

Pouncey did not do any of the timed drills after a strong performance at the Scouting Combine, but did do 24 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.

He also performed very well in positional drills, according to a scout on hand for the workout. The scout characterized Pouncey as "a star" and said, "He is everything you're looking for in an interior lineman. He's a carbon copy of his brother."

Mike's brother, of course, is the Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey, who earned a spot on the Pro Bowl team with a standout rookie season at center for the AFC Champions.

Pouncey,'s top-rated interior lineman , is currently projected to be the No. 22 pick in the 2011 draft by the Indianapolis Colts in my recent mock draft. My fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter has him going 25th overall to the Seattle Seahawks .

This is a relatively down year of prospects for the Gators, with only two other Florida prospects being viewed as potential middle round prospects.

Another lineman, Marcus Gilbert, could make the third round. The 6-6, 330 pounder helped his cause, according to the scout with a solid performance today. A left tackle for the Gators, he projects best on the right side in the NFL.

Perhaps the player with the most on the line in today's workout was safety Ahmad Black. The diminutive Black (5-09, 184) needed a strong workout today to erase the concerns that were raised at the Combine due to disappointing times in the 40-yard dash. Black registered between 4.70-4.82 at Indianapolis and wasn't much faster in Gainesville today, unfortunately.

Scouts love his instincts and penchant for the game-changing play, but in posting another pair of 4.7s in the forty (my source had him at 4.74, 4.76), he could slip to the last two rounds of the draft.

"The kid plays fast, there's no question. But at that size and speed, it is going to be tough to convince a DB coach to get on board during [draft] meetings," the source said about Black.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2011 8:51 am

Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day

If Black is there in round 5-7 TAKE HIM.  He plays bigger and faster than his size and 40 time.  He went up against some of the best WRs in colelge over the last few years and did extremely well.

The bottom line is he can play football.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:01 am

Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day


Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:44 am

Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day

His brother is the best young inside lineman I think I have ever seen.  I dont remember another young center that has ever stood out so much when you are watching their games. 

"is that, that pouncy kid again"

Id have no problem with the vikings using their #1 pick on him. 

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:23 am

Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day

I wonder if Sanders will return to the NFL if the Lions draft him?  ok, maybe not, but seriously, this has been a need in Detroit for decades.  Help your run game and protect Stafford and watch Detroit in the playoffs . . .

Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:44 pm

Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day

Yo, Professor! I looked up im in the dictionary and couldn't find it. You wouldn't have left out an apostrophe and the capitalization on I'm, would you? Genius.

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:43 pm

Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day

How is it the Colts GM was not there to see this kid in person? As bad as the Colts need lineman. We need the best possible. We should have made statement that we are looking for the best offensive linemen. If this kid is a 'Star", let's get him first round and then get an offensive tackle in round 2. He can start at left guard and move Pollak to right guard or to the bench. We really should trade Pollak for a late draft pick.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:17 am

Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day

Ive said all along that Gilbert was a steal if he fell to the third. Watch him in game film. Better than his numbers. Very strong guy, and strong hands. I love him. Black can play.....but its his height more than those times. You cant really project him at safety at 5 9. 

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 7:03 pm

Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day

whoever writes these headlines should be fired, im so tired of seeing words used wrong, and out of text

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 6:24 pm

Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day

Well the Cowboys could use a good lineman. And at #9 they pick much earlier than Ben Raplesburgers team so if someone can convince Jerry to get on board with and oliman in the 1st than he may be headed to dallas. 

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:13 am

Pouncey "a star," Black slow at Florida Pro Day

A memo to all other 31 teams in the NFL. Please stay clear of Mr. Pouncey. He belongs with his brother in Pittsburgh and no where else. Thank you very much.

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