2011 NFL Draft Rumor: Steelers Had Deal in Place With Redskins on Draft Day?

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIMay 15, 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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Though the 2011 NFL Draft has passed, there is an interesting trade rumor that was floated out by Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider.

Wexell reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins had a trade in place for the first round of the draft.

He said that Redskins' owner Dan Snyder appeared on Sirius Radio this past week and said there was a deal for the Steelers to move up to the 16th overall pick from their original pick at 31, but the deal fell through because the player the Steelers wanted was taken.

The Redskins originally had the 10th overall pick, but were poised to gain more picks throughout the draft, swapping picks with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

One can only assume that the player gone was Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey, brother of Pro Bowl Steeler center Maurkice Pouncey.

Mike Pouncey, of course, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins one pick earlier at 15 to solidify the interior of their offensive line.

The Dolphins were expected to either draft a quarterback or Mark Ingram at 15, so there was an expectation that Pouncey would be available at 16.

Defensive end Robert Quinn was drafted at 14 by the St. Louis Rams, but many scouts did not think he could transition to a 3-4 scheme playing outside linebacker.

At 13, the Detroit Lions selected defensive tackle Nick Fairley, but he was not a scheme versatile player. Fairley seemed to only fit as a 4-3 defensive tackle, not a 3-4 defensive end.

Quarterback Christian Ponder went 12th overall to the Minnesota Vikings, but with Big Ben in place for many years, the Steelers did not target a quarterback at 16.

I think it is safe to assume the Steelers were keying in on Mike Pouncey.

With the type of year Maurkice had as only a rookie, the Steelers probably saw similar attributes in Mike and wanted the brothers to play on the the same offensive line next to each other.