NFL Draft 2011: How the Steelers Could Draft Mike Pouncey

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NFL Draft 2011: How the Steelers Could Draft Mike Pouncey
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The Steelers found a perennial Pro Bowler with the 18th overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. That player was Maurkice Pouncey, a Center from the University of Florida that plays with a mean streak and brings an unparalleled level of athleticism to the center position.

The Steelers had a great return from their first-round selection last year, but will look to add even more skill to their injury prone offensive line. The Steelers offensive line did play better in 2010 than it has in recent memory, but a bevy of injuries along the line make finding an upgrade to the offensive line a necessity.

One idea is that the Steelers could draft an offensive tackle with the 31st overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, most likely Derek Sherrod. The Steelers could have even gone the route of Marcus Cannon of TCU; however, Cannon recently has been diagnosed with cancer putting his future in the NFL in jeopardy.

Then there is the widely spread rumor that the Steelers are so pleased with Maurkice Pouncey, that they would do anything in their power to trade up and select Mike Pouncey in the 2011 NFL Draft. Talk of the Steelers trading up seemed to taper off as the Draft inched closer, but a report today came out that the Steelers are actively pursuing trading up in the NFL Draft.

The Steelers would be going against a lot of history by trading up in the first round, but if Mike can turn out to be as sure fire of a prospect as his brother turned out to be they will have made a great move.

But what if Mike doesn’t turn out to be as good as his brother? How would a 2011 NFL Draft with fewer picks affect the Steelers’ chances of winning another Super Bowl or two?

These are all questions we will attempt to answer in this article, as we look into what it will take for Mike Pouncey to be a Steeler with only a day until the 2011 NFL Draft.

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