2011 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants Fix Offensive Line with Mike Pouncey
2011 NFL Mock Draft Sees Giants Finally Figure Out Offensive Line Woes With Mike Pouncey
It seems like the Giants go through the same issues every single year. Their offensive line suffers injuries, or just plays like crap, and suddenly Eli Manning is running for his life any time he drops back to pass. You want to know part of why Eli throws so many stupid picks? That's why.
Well, head coach Tom Coughlin should finally have a brainwave this season and try to fix the swiss-cheese-esque line, taking Florida guard Mike Pouncey. The former Gator isn't quite as talented as his twin brother Maurkice, but he's the best interior lineman in this year's draft.
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Pouncey is a skilled blocker in the pass and run game, with good strength, size and surprising agility for an interior lineman. He's a natural leader on the field, and plays with an edge that just can't be taught. He's a smart player, and someone the Giants would be lucky to get their hands on.
Offensive line is the G-Men's biggest area of need, but by no means is Pouncey the only name they could grab. Guys like tackles Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder or Anthony Castonzo could also be the choice, as they're all excellent players with the kind of talent the G-Men need. But, given Pouncey's skills and versatility (he can play center, which is no small feat in the NFL, and can audible blocking schemes like a pro already), he's the kind of anchor they need in the middle of their line.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green
|17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan|
18. San Diego Chargers: J.J. Watt
19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert |
6. Cleveland Browns: Robert Quinn
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Gabe Carimi|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Anthony Castonzo
24. New Orleans Saints: Aldon Smith
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara
12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Smith|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Cameron Heyward
27. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Harris
28. New England Patriots: Justin Houston
|13. Detroit Lions: Da'Quan Bowers |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan
|29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod|
30. New York Jets: Stephen Paea
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams
32. Green Bay Packers: Akeem Ayers
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