Maurkice Pouncey, C/G Florida.
When Maurkice Pouncey gets to Pittsburgh he will be the starting right guard on the offensive line day one.
As I’ve said in my other articles, Pittsburgh made this pick so that they can get back to Steelers football. In the past few years the Steelers had gotten away from their winning formula which was to build through the trenches.
They put everything into Ben Roethlisberger and began to surround him with weapon after weapon while the offensive line suffered.
Now with one offseason the Steelers have traded troubled wide receiver Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended for probably the first four weeks of next season maybe more. They are not going to be able to throw the football all around the field like Bruce Arians liked to do last season. The Rooneys have made it clear that the Steelers are going to get back to some smash mouth football.
In my opinion the first round was all over the place and there were some good players left on the board at 18 when the Steelers picked.
OT Brian Bulaga, DT Dan Williams, DB Kyle Wilson, C/G Maurkice Pouncey, and WR Dez Bryant were all still on the board when the Steelers got there chance to pick and I am so happy that they made Pouncey the No. 18 selection in the draft.
I personally love this pick and believe that our team and especially our offensive line just got immensely better. Pouncey is going to be plugged in day one at guard and in a couple years when Justin Hartwig’s contract is up he will slide over to center and anchor our line for the next 10-15 years.
This was a great pick in my opinion and it set the Steelers up to fill some big needs in the second round with maybe the best available corner, maybe a Brandon Ghee or a Chris Cook; defensive tackle, maybe Cam Thomas or Linvel Joseph; or even wide receiver with a Golden Tate.