As predicted, Pouncey stepped into the starting lineup right away. The Steelers organization is so confident in Pouncey, that veteran center Justin Hartwig was cut prior to the regular season. Pouncey has shown a veteran presence at the center position, generally one of the harder offensive line positions to step into and make an immediate impact.
He has mauled multiple opponents, and shown great poise and leadership among a unit that has been shaken up and beat up all year long.
Pouncey routinely takes on multiple defenders at once, and more often then not comes up victorious. He also shows a great burst of quickness to get to the second level, being able to hook the defensive lineman and flow to the linebackers is key in the Pittsburgh blocking scheme.
He also seems to be the leader of this offensive line, even as a rookie, the unit isn't cohesive without him on the field, as evidenced by the Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
It seems the Steelers finally have a franchise offensive lineman that will produce for years to come. That was step one to revamping the offense, and without any other glaring offensive needs, the Steelers will most likely pick up another young buddy to help Pouncey on the offensive line in next year's draft.