Mike Pouncey to Miami Dolphins: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Thomas EmerickSenior WriterApril 28, 2011

Mike Pouncey gives the Miami Dolphins great positional value as the top interior lineman on everyone’s board. Brother Maurkice played next to him on the offensive line at the University of Florida before starring for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, so genetics like this guy.

Miami hopes for more of the same and Mike — while not quite matching his brother in athleticism — still presented an excellent combination of raw talent and fundamental mastery while serving as team captain for the Gators in 2010.

Pouncey (6-5, 303 lbs) made Associated Press second-team All-SEC playing center in his senior season after earning first-team honors at guard the previous year. The Florida coaches also used him on the defensive line during his freshman year.

Jim Henry of AOL FanHouse noted Pouncey’s mental intangibles.

While Mike struggled with the shotgun snap in 2010 as he moved from guard to center to replace Maurkice, many believe Mike might have the best instincts of any of the offensive linemen in the draft. He's big (6-foot-5, 308 pounds), strong and versatile.

The Dolphins are set with Jake Long and Vernon on the edge but woefully lacking in the middle and Pouncey should reinvigorate their running game — which could feature a whole new cast next season. Pouncey is considered close to can't-miss at pick No. 15.