2010 NFL Mock Draft, Featured Columnists: The Dallas Cowboys Select...

Kevin HatfieldCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 25:  Maurkice Pouncey #56 of the Florida Gators lines up in a game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Maurkice Pouncey, Guard/Center from the University of Florida.

This would be an easy selection for the Dallas Cowboys

Pouncey would be able to step in instantly as a multi-purpose backup at guard and center, and he may even compete at left guard against Kyle Kosier.

The Dallas Cowboys have not had the best luck with drafting offensive lineman in the past 19 years. Since 1991 only two of their 11 offensive linemen picks have started for the Cowboys—Larry Allen and Andre Gurode. 

At 6'5" and 304 pounds, Pouncey has excellent size for the NFL. He also has the ability to put on more weight because of his tremendous length. 

Pouncey started for 40 games at Florida, and earned himself All-American honors this year, along with bringing home the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's top center.

Though he played in an un-traditional system at Florida, scouts believe Pouncey will be able to easily transition to a pro-style offense. He is a very smart player and was a big recruit coming out of high school. These traits usually translate into very adjustable NFL players.

Pouncey also prides himself on being the toughest player on the field. He would often finish his blocks with pancakes and would give 100 percent every play. During the 2009-10 Sugar Bowl, Pouncey elected to play despite receiving four bags of IV fluid just hours before for kidney stones.

He also backs up his toughness with solid play. Scouts love his ability to get off the ball quicker than most defensive tackles he goes up against. Pouncey then keeps his hips low and drives the defenders back with perfect form. 

Some scouts question his ability to pull at the next level, but with his initial explosiveness and quickness, this should not be a problem.

Overall, drafting Pouncey would provide the Cowboys with some very needed depth and versatility. He would be able to start at center when Andre Gurode at left, or he could even start at guard this season.

Currently the Cowboys only backup guard on the team is Cory Proctor, who needless to say, would not make most NFL teams.

If Pouncey falls to the Cowboys, look for the No. 1 rated center to be taken faster than Jerry Jones can call out Wade Phillips.

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