NFL Draft 2011: New England Patriots High on Former Florida Lineman Mike Pouncey
New England Patriots Need to Plan O-Line Around Possible Departure of Logan Mankins
Per NFL rules, teams are allowed to host up to 30 prospects for a visit to their facilities. Of the 30 scheduled to visit with the New England Patriots, only three are offensive linemen.
Peculiar to say the least, considering Bill Belichick may be in danger of losing the left side of his offensive line once the lockout ends and player transactions can resume. As outlined in the Boston Globe, guard Logan Mankins is currently at odds with the organization over terms of a new contract, while tackle Matt Light is a free agent unlikely to be retained.
In the case of the Pro Bowler Mankins, it seems like his tenure in New England is on borrowed time, which would necessitate drafting an interior lineman next month. According to The Globe, if no team satisfies New England’s demands for a trade involving Mankins once a new CBA is reached, he will play 2011 for a franchise amount of $10.1 million, a price the thrifty Patriots would just as soon avoid.
So, what to do? Well, of the three offensive linemen the Pats extended invitations to, one was former Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey, brother of current Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey.
Like Maurkice, Mike Pouncey is as gifted and versatile as they come, serving as a guard along Florida’s before sliding over to center upon his brother’s departure after the 2009 season. Guard seems to be Pouncey’s calling at the next level, but seeing that Pats starting center Dan Koppen is 31, he could find himself following in his brother’s footsteps.
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