Last year, Florida Center, Maurkice Pouncey entered the NFL, via the 18th pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He went on to perform exceptionally well throughout the season. His peerd voted him to the Pro Bowl, and he was an intricate part of the Steelers Super Bowl run. This year, twin brother, Mike Pouncey looks to enter the NFL and best his brother in every fashion.
During his Q&A at the NFL Scouting Combine, members of the media asked Mike about his All-Pro brother, who had the better body between the two, and his transition to the NFL.
"– “I gotta go before 18…or I’ll never hear the end of it.”– “Some teams are telling me that I play better than Maurkice.”– “I want to play center. My snapping has improved.”– “If you saw us with our shirts off, you’d know you has it.”"
Like any set of brothers, the two are competitive, and Mike is looking to capitalize on the success of Maurkice. There’s a chance that he can accomplish his goals. There are first round teams, such as the Miami Dolphins (15th pick) and Kansas City Chiefs (21st pick), that could use his versatility and athleticism. He has already interviewed with the likes of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. I’m sure Mike would give up his dream of being selected before 17 if he was presented with the opportunity to play along side his brother again.
At Florida, the two were the foundation of the offensive line, that paved a way for Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin. Mike started his college career as an defensive tackle, and switched to offensive guard prior to his sophomore year. After receiving a late round grade from the NFL Draft Board, he decided to return to school in 2009, and improve his stock.
Since Maurkice set off for the NFL, it left a huge hole at center for the Gators. Urban Meyer moved Mike to center, and he struggled at the beginning of the season. He had some troubles with snapping the ball, specifically in the shotgun formation. He eventually rectified those issues, and went on to have a successful season. He not only filled his brothers shoes on the offensive line, but he became a team captain and the bona fide leader of the offensive line.
Mike is a jubilant guy who will offer an NFL team, a great locker room personality and superb blocking skills. Everyone is comparing him to his brother, and it’s only natural. However, Mike stands on his own two feet. He’s not quite as polished as his twin, but if he can just be 80% of what his brother is, he’ll enjoy a sensational career.