Well, my mock draft sucked. So did Mel's and the rest of the NFL/ESPN mock drafts. At the end of the day, it's all for fun and argument.
No one believed Jake Locker and Christian Ponder could go where they did. You must love the moxie of these organizations. I think Tennessee will do well with their pick. Tell me you weren't stunned?
And Atlanta, that kind of trade is a franchise make or breaker. That front office just put the weight of future drafts on the success of Julio Jones.
The one lineman I did not want the Dolphins to take, they took. Mike Satele...errr...Samson Pouncey...uhhh Mike Pouncey. The similarities are just uncanny. Simply uncanny. Did we learn nothing from 2007?
The only pick I was certain of was Nate Solder and the New England Patriots. I was ridiculed for it. It was too early to pick him, he was not strong enough, and couldn't take on the elite defensive linemen.
Well, not According to Bill Belichick, he knows lineman when he sees them.
Is the draft really that difficult for the Dolphins? I will contend that Nate Solder would've fit very well into the Miami Dolphins offense. We all know there are other guards further into the draft. Indianapolis wanted Solder also but did not want to pay to make that jump.
Now back to the newest Dolphin, Mike Pouncey. I hope I'm very wrong about him by the way.
In 2007, the Dolphins front office loved Samson Satele because he was a such a technical and versatile lineman. He looked so promising on paper and on video. He came from such a creative run and shoot offense implemented by former NFL coach, June Jones.
Both are center/guard combo lineman (except Satele actually played tackle, guard, and center in college). Both have been described as struggling with bigger defensive tackles. Both had almost identical combine numbers. And lastly, both played in prolific high scoring spread offenses (Davone Bess came from that offense in Hawaii).
Mike Pouncey is described as a fast lineman while Satele is described as slower (than Pouncey), not by much. Please remember that the 40 yard dash is never as critical as the 20 and 10 yard dash for lineman.
Samson Satele: 40 Yrd Dash: 5.24, 20 Yrd Dash: 2.96, 10 Yrd Dash: 1.75, Bench press: 25 reps.
Mike Pouncey: 40 Yrd Dash: 5.12, 20 Yrd Dash: 2.96, 10 Yrd Dash: 1.78, Bench press: 24 reps.
Satele and Pouncey run 10 to 20 yards in exactly the same amount of time. They both share the same technique because of similarities in offenses.
I can hear the comparisons between the Hawaii program and Florida program coming. I know that Mike Pouncey struggle with the shotgun exchange in the beginning of the 2010 season. It was clear that the offense overall was completely different without Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, and Maurkice Pouncey gone to the NFL.
Was the lack of talent exposed when several athletes left? The performance would definitely say so. Florida was a different team without Tebow and Maurkice Pouncey in 2010. That should've concerned the Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano when considering Mike Pouncey.
This was far from a safe pick Mr. Ireland. There was too much talent still on the board at 15. Drafting Nate Solder would've created healthy competition at the tackle position and created great depth. What's so wrong with Carey moving to guard? Or drafting another guard in the third or fourth round?
Taking Solder would've changed New England's approach to the draft. Not the main reason to ever draft a player, but it does add validity to the pick.
I don't always like safe picks Mr. Ireland. You simply tried to take the easy way out.
It seems Dolphins drafted Mike Pouncey with the hope that they really drafted Maurkice.
Did they not watch the film?