2011 NFL Draft Results: Miami's Pouncey Is Good, but Is He Enough for Fins?

Robert HoffmanCorrespondent IApril 29, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Mike Pouncey, #15 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Let's be clear, former Florida Gator guard/center and newest Miami Dolphin Mike Pouncey is a good player.

He will likely start for Miami from day one on an interior offensive line that desperately needed help.

Mike is not the same player as his brother Maurkice, but that's not the negative that "experts" like Mel Kiper make it out to be. Maurkice Pouncey is a Pro Bowl, possibly dominant NFL center for the next 10 years. Mike is an extremely versatile starter at guard, and maybe center if he can correct quirks in his snapping motion.

He may or may not be a perennial Pro Bowler, but there should be at least a few trips to Hawaii in his future. 

One of the best qualities I heard about Pouncey just last night, from someone who has worked out alongside him this offseason, is that he already carries himself like a professional. Don't underrate that quality when many of these other young men lack the maturity to play in the NFL.

But, and I hate to mix sports metaphors, did the Dolphins hit a figurative double when the team needed a home run?

When a team finishes 7-9 last season as Miami did last season, it's reasonable to argue that the Dolphins needed more bang for their first round buck then a center/guard.

But, Miami did not draft a quarterback, take another flashy player, or trade down to accumulate more picks.

As such, it appears that the Dolphins will have to wait until the third round before perhaps adding an impact skill position player to a team that sorely lacks them. 

More likely, Miami will have to fill those needs and appease a restless fan base through free agency—which should start next week if the lockout is not reinstated

In defense of the Dolphins, when they made their selection, there arguably weren't better options available.

First, in Dolphins' general manager Jeff Ireland's post-pick press conference, he stated, "The phones were not ringing", referring to why the team did not have leverage to trade down.

Second, the flashier picks available at pick No. 15, namely quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Ryan Mallett, still hadn't been drafted as of the end of the first round. Running back Mark Ingram wasn't selected until the 28th pick by New Orleans, which means that Miami would have monumentally reached for one of those players.

So, to go back to the baseball metaphor, maybe, just maybe Miami needs to hit a few singles and doubles to improve instead of going for the home run.

For now, Dolphins fans should enjoy the double they have in Mike Pouncey.