2011 NFL Mock Draft: Will Baltimore Ravens Luck out with First Round Pick?
2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Ravens Gladly Taking Pouncey
Right off the bat, I think all the talk about the Baltimore Ravens possibly trading their No. 26 pick is pretty legit. There are a number of teams that might like their pick to try and nab a quarterback like Ryan Mallett, Andy Dalton, or Christian Ponder, and the Ravens might find themselves handsomely rewarded if they listen to offers.
If the Ravens go ahead and use the No. 26 pick, on the other hand, there are a number of avenues they could explore. They could use a defensive end and a cornerback, but their most pressing need is arguably offensive line help. The consensus is that they need a tackle, but I’m thinking they wouldn’t pass up Florida G/C Mike Pouncey if he falls to them.
The twin brother of Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowler Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Pouncey never missed a game for the Gators. He’s a fighter with a competitive edge, and scouts love his leadership qualities. He will be overpowered on occasion, but he has proven to be very good in run blocking.
This is all well and good, but where would the Ravens play Pouncey?
It’s a good question, and there’s no clear answer. However, keep in mind that Matt Birk is going to be a free agent after 2011, and there’s a good chance that he’ll just call it quits. Pouncey could take over as the starting center if Birk walks away.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB |
2. Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB
3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR
|17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan, DE|
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson
19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo, OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB
24. New Orleans Saints: Brooks Reed, OLB
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Quinn, DE
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Pouncey, OG
27. Atlanta Falcons: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
28. New England Patriots: Justin Houston, OLB
|13. Detroit Lions: Aldon Smith, DE |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: J.J. Watt, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT|
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT
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