A month ago it seemed like the Steelers would do anything in their power to draft Mike Pouncey and reunite the Pouncey brothers on their offensive line. The rumors that the Steelers would trade up for Pouncey have all but disappeared, and so may Mike's chances of being drafted high in the first round.
The younger Pouncey is the top rated center coming out in the draft this year, but his versatility on the line can have him starting at guard in the right system. The Steelers could certainly use an upgrade at guard and absolutely need to add depth to every spot on the offensive line. Pouncey would be a great addition, but has his short sightedness in the offseason scared the Steelers away?
Pouncey set himself up for failure when he Tweeted for all to see that he was sure the Cowboys would select him with the ninth overall selection, which can certainly be described as a reach. Even Mike seems to have bit in too hard to the idea that just because his brother had success, that he himself was worthy of top ten consideration.
Buzz on Pouncey has gone down in these months since the Super Bowl, and now it looks like Pouncey could out of the top 20, let alone the top 10.
The Steelers have been facing some harsh criticism from fans over their player's off field antics these past two seasons. Once thought of as an organization that stays away from players that have off field issues, the Steelers have had their fair share of controversy from stars like Ben Roethlisberger, Santonio Holmes and even James Harrison.
There wasn't a single Steeler that didn't chime in on the NFL's somewhat irresponsible response to defenders hitting too hard, and the organization didn't exactly tell the players too cool it either. The Steelers will have to begin checking their players in the future, however.
No matter what the general take on Roger Goodell may be, it isn't a good idea for any team to question the man in charge. So will the Steelers shy away from an athlete that is quick to spurt out whatever he is feeling at the time, i.e. Mike Pouncey?
The fact is that Mike has made himself look somewhat foolish this offseason. Right after saying he would be shocked if he wasn't a Cowboy next year, the rumors that Tyron Smith would be a Cowboy seemed to pick up twice fold.
No one had Mike go that high, so it is a bit of a concern that the younger Pouncey would jump to a conclusion that quickly and, even worse, would make it national news.
There is no question that Mike Pouncey is a good, if not great, offensive lineman. There are now going to be questions about his maturity and rationale. Steelers' Head Coach Mike Tomlin only wants to draft athletes that are thinking football first all the time.
Will they now reconsider taking Pouncey, should he drop to them at 31, because of his short sightedness? Or will big brother Maurkice's success be enough for them to ignore Mike's Twitter misstep?
And if we want to start getting in to conspiracy theories... could Mike Pouncey be tweeting himself down in the draft just to ensure he will play alongside big brother? Okay, even I know that is a stretch.