2011 NFL Draft: How First-Round Pick Mike Pouncey Fits in Miami Dolphins' Future

Carlos SandovalAnalyst IIIMay 4, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses for a photo with Mike Pouncey, #15 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins, 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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The 2011 NFL Draft has come and gone, and NFL geeks across the nation can now exhale—it's over. Relax. Take chill pill. Have some cake. Eat it. Repeat.

And, of course, one of the most watched draft choices were the Miami Dolphins' selection. That's not true, but I'm a Dolphin fanatic (a DolFanatic), so it makes sense to me.

DolFan-nation (OK, I'll stop) shouldn't be—and really wasn't—all that worried about the Fins' first selection, offensive lineman Mike Pouncey out of Florida.

As you know, he's the twin brother of Steelers' offensive lineman and overall stud, Maurkice Pouncey. Both played at Florida, with Maurkice heading to the 2010 draft class, leaving his brother behind to anchor that offensive line.

It's not a bad idea, to pick a near-clone of an offensive lineman who has already proven his ability to play at a high level—Maurkice was a solid addition to the Pittsburgh offensive line, allowing for some hard running from Rashard Mendenhall and opening up some spots for him to run through.

In this case, though, it's a completely different story. Because while the twins have identical blood, one of them is better than the other, based on game tape, and raw athletic ability.

It's Mike Pouncey, of course. Surprised? So am I.

Mike Pouncey is, depending on who you ask, a more reliable option at the O-line than his brother. But more than that, the Dolphins already have a pretty solid line to work with, with Richie Incognito and Jake Long already established in South Beach. Add Mike Pouncey, an All-American in 2009, and a solid replacement at center in Florida, and we have a dominant O-line, y'all.

Some argue that the Fins should have traded down for the bro, though. And while, sure, he could have fallen lower, why risk a near-sure thing in Mike Pouncey? Even I liked this pick, and I was the dude advocating for the Dolphins to pick up Mark Ingram. That's what some deep-thinking does for you.

What this will do, though, is give Chad Henne more time to look for open receivers, and see how he develops. I'm on the fence about the bro, but that doesn't mean I want his ass gone—he's shown some promise with his composure, at times, and some real down-sides with his lack of vision.

Adding Mike Pouncey will allow the Dolphins' front office and coaching staff to narrow down, just where the hell the problems with the Dolphins' futile offense lies.

Either way, I like this pick. What say you?