NFL Mock Draft 2011: Should the Steelers Unite Mike and Maurkice Pouncey?

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NFL Mock Draft 2011: Should the Steelers Unite Mike and Maurkice Pouncey?
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February 1, 2011: Deion Sanders, right, interviews Maurkice Pouncey in Dallas. Maurkice starred for the Steelers last season.

How is the NFL going to react when Mike and Maurkice Pounce-a-mania runs wild—along with the Steelers’ backfield—on them?  Time will tell.

Stay tuned to this channel, and I’ll let you all know down the line.  As for now, there is an NFL draft to discuss and a big audience to entertain.

What could drafting the entertaining 6’5,” 305-pound rookie Mike Pouncey do for an NFL team?  Right away, he could improve their organization—on and off the field.

I don’t mean just a small improvement.  By pancaking people, he could drive-block an organization to the Super Bowl.

One of the reasons the versatile lineman is called Pouncey is because he pounces on opponents.  Mike Pouncey from the University of Florida has worked his way into being one of the top offensive line prospects in the draft.

Arguably this year’s top interior offensive line prospect, Mike is Maurkice’s twin brother.  The latter starred for Pittsburgh as a rookie in the 2010-11 season.

I don’t know if the Pounceys have ever tried to pull the old switcheroo like the Cansecos unsuccessfully tried in a martial arts match last month, but they probably could.

Mike and Maurkice share similar talent and can be difficult to tell apart.  One is listed as an inch taller than the other one—Mike being the taller of the two—but if their tattoos are covered, then your guess is as good as mine.

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January 8, 2009: Mike Pouncey reacts during the BCS National Championship game. He helped Florida beat Oklahoma.

Like Maurkice was last year, Mike is projected as a first-round draft pick this year.  It’s being rumored locally in Dallas that the Cowboys are itching to draft Mike with the ninth overall pick.

If the Steelers truly believe Dallas will take him, then Pittsburgh could offer to trade with the Cowboys.  Pittsburgh has the 31st overall pick—next to last in the opening round.  The Steelers could try brokering a deal to move up in order to get Mike.

Say, for instance, the Steelers draft the next best available offensive lineman and offer the Cowboys an extra cash incentive to make the deal?  If you’re Dallas, do you do it?  I would.

The Cowboys are in shambles on the offensive line but rarely draft offensive linemen so early.  In fact, only three offensive linemen in the franchise’s history were selected in the first round.

Mike made his rounds and visited several NFL teams, and he could end up in Pittsburgh with his brother.  If this does indeed go down, then it’d be a hard-hitting case of the double whammy. 

Defensive players would be getting whammed from both Pounceys.  Talk about keeping your head on a swivel.  A talented player, an offensive lineman, who could help the stadium’s head count—Mike is licking his chops to join the Steelers.

Not that head coach Mike Tomlin and the Rooney family are suffering from empty seats in the stadium.  It’s just a case of the more fans in the stadium the merrier.  Standing room only isn’t such a bad thing—especially in Pittsburgh. 

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December 5, 2010: Maurkice Pouncey stares down the Ravens in Baltimore. He could be intimidating defenses with his twin.

The financial boon for the Rooneys comes in the mass appeal the Pounceys would have playing for the beloved Steelers.  The Pouncey brothers could be marketed as the “Twin Towers” of the Steel City.  

It would be the greatest marketing campaign in Pittsburgh since Jerome “The Bus” Bettis.  The possibilities for promotions are virtually endless.  The sky is also the limit on the gridiron.  

The brothers were born in limited Ardmore, Oklahoma but attended Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Fla.  There they led the Dreadnaughts to three straight 5A state championships.

They also won two straight USA Today national championships in high school.  They both then attended Florida under Urban Meyer, and Mike replaced Maurkice at center in 2010.

After winning the 2009 BCS National Championship with the Gators, Maurkice decided to enter the 2010 NFL draft.  The Steelers later picked him with the 18th overall selection. 

At center for the ground warrior Steelers, he started every game during the regular season and was voted to the Pro Bowl.  He also got two votes for Offensive Rookie of the Year—unheard of for a lineman.

In the last Super Bowl, the Steelers chances of defeating the Green Bay Packers were downgraded by a lot of people because Maurkice was hampered by an injury.  Paired on Pittsburgh’s line, the Pouncey brothers will injure a lot of opponents’ egos.   

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February 6, 2011: Fans arrive at the Super Bowl in Dallas at the Jerry Dome. No word if these two are twins.

In drafting the twins, the humble Steelers could literally have the most interchangeable middle of the offensive line in the NFL.  Mike is so versatile; he could play center, guard or nose tackle—like he did for the Gators.

The Pounceys would become perhaps the first pair of twins to play on the same offensive line in NFL history.  Conrad Dobler and Dan Dierdorf may resemble one another and like to eat, but they’re not related.

Leonard Davis and Flozell Adams may have the biggest heads ever among offensive line mates, but they’re not blood brothers.  The pair’s appetites are certainly incomparable.

The incomparable Buffalo Bills or the Cincinnati Bengals could also be in the market for a Pouncey, and they draft ahead of the Cowboys.  The Steelers can’t let Mike get away, though.  So if there’s only one deal to be done on draft day, he could be the player involved.

Due to the lockout, this year’s draft is limited to deals among draftees.  You know how it goes.  A seemingly befuddled team drafts a player and causes analysts and experts to start scratching their own heads and fans to booing.

It later turns out the team made the befuddling pick in order to trade with another team down the line.  In other words, it was us who got bamboozled by the drafters.

Don’t be fooled, the brothers want to play on the same NFL team.  It would be a boon for their family, friends and their financial careers after football.

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February 6, 2011: Mike Tomlin stalks the sideline in Dallas. He'll have a healthy Pouncey next season and maybe two of them.

Imagine the Mike and Maurkice radio or television show in the Steel City.  It would probably be the top-rated show by offensive linemen in the history of the league.  They could discuss the players they love road-grating the most.

Other topics could include which players wussed out the most or who is hardest to move off the line of scrimmage—both intriguing topics.  This would be valuable information for NFL fans and fantasy football team owners.  The entertainment value would fit blue collar Pennsylvania.

The Pouncey brothers are a natural fit in Pittsburgh—“P” begins both names.  The offensive linemen play like men of steel and steel is the city’s heritage.  In my humble opinion, the Steelers will do everything in their power to unite the Pounceys.

In other words, they should pounce on the pick. 

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