Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Will New York Giants Reach for Mike Pouncey?
Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Giants Pouncing on the Other Pouncey
The New York Giants had to deal with more than their fair share of injuries in 2010. Center Shaun O'Hara missed 10 games with right foot woes, backup center Adam Koets tore his ACL, and left guard Rich Seubert suffered a dislocated kneecap in the Giants' season finale.
So yeah, it would be safe to say that the Giants could stand to add at least one able body to their offensive line with the No. 20 pick in the NFL Draft.
Mel Kiper has the Giants picking Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey at No. 20 in his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft (must have ESPN Insider). As we all know, Mike is the twin brother of Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowler Maurkice Pouncey, and Kiper thinks his impact would be immediate:
He can play guard or center, gets to the second level very well and should help the Giants in the running game. I'd slot him in at guard to start and only look for help at center in a backup role, but he's easily the top interior lineman in the draft.
The word around the campfire is that the Giants are definitely interested in Pouncey, and Pouncey himself took to Twitter to list the Giants as one of his "Top 6 teams." If nothing else, I take that to mean the interest is mutual.
As good as this all sounds, drafting Pouncey would not solve the Giants' problems with one fell swoop. Kiper's idea of starting him at guard sounds good, but it does confuse me. Unless there's a variable I'm not seeing, the Giants could draft a tackle like Anthony Castonzo or Nate Solder and then start David Diehl at guard.
If this is indeed the case, I guess it's a question of whether or not Pouncey is a better prospect than the tackles that are going to be available (pretty much anyone but Tyron Smith). My understanding is that Castonzo is pretty darn good, so I for one am hesitant to accept the idea that the Giants would pass him up.
This pick is not a swing and a miss for Kiper. It is more like a Texas Leaguer.
If that reference is lost on you, you need to stop obsessing over football year-round and go take in a ballgame.
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