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    Official Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Iupati thread.







    Maurkice Pouncey Scouting Reports:

    Pouncey is probably the most complete center to come out for the last few years. Good in both the run and pass games. ... Does a good job of calling shifts on the line and rarely has an errant snap. ... Has very little experience of snapping to a QB under center since UF ran an exclusively shotgun offense. That should only be a minor issue though.

    Even though Florida ran a true spread offense, Pouncey showed he can block on power and finesse plays. ... Pouncey moves really well on his feet and shows good agility in pass protection. ... Shows great hand placement in run blocking.

    Pouncey is far and away the best center prospect in this year's draft. He started 39 games in three seasons for Florida, playing in 41 total. For his efforts, he was named an All-American and the winner of the Rimington Award in 2009.

    Pouncey's best asset is his quickness and athleticism. He gets out of his stance smoothly and sets up nicely. A few tweaks here or there and Pouncey should be solid 10-year starter in the NFL.


    A massive (6-foot-5, 318 pounds) center prospect who showcases impressive bend and initial quickness off the snap for his size, Pouncey does a great job of keeping his base low and gaining initial leverage on contact. He possesses a powerful lower body and does a great job of getting his hands inside opposing defenders and driving them off the ball. He's a gifted in-line run blocker and has the ability to consistently push at the point of attack. Pouncey snaps and steps quickly in the pass game and has the fluidity and balance to slide laterally in space and mirror opposing linemen in pass protection. He's fluid for his size with the anchor strength to sit into his stance and keep the pocket clean. One of the best centers to come along in years, Pouncey's combination of size, power and athleticism will likely make him one of the top players at his position in the NFL for years to come.








    Mike Iupati Scouting Reports:

    Iupati is a mauling run blocker, whose immense strength and excellent quickness off the snap makes it near impossible for a defender to push the pocket on him. While he's a departure from the normal small athletic archetype, he's not a immobile "big fatty", moving surprisingly well in space for a man his size.

    Iupati's physical skills have drawn comparison to Chiefs guard turned Left Tackle Branden Albert, though Iupati struggled pass protecting at tackle in the Senior Bowl. Iupati might develop into a excellent tackle, and might even be able to kick out to right tackle relatively soon, but it'll take some work to make him a left tackle, if he ever gets there at all.

    Has very good pre-snap awareness to diagnose where a play is coming from.... Rarely gets pushed around at the line of scrimmage. Keeps his shoulders square. Always stays on both feet....Gets into position incredibly quickly. Gets from a three-point stance to having his arms up and his legs wide really fluidly. Moves off the line of scrimmage without hesitation. Has the quickness of a Pro Bowl left tackle....Iupati has excellent footwork. Has a quick outside step. When he has to, Iupati works upfield quickly. Picks up stunts against quick ends well..... Good help blocker, especially against ends who work to the inside. Has a strong hand punch to jolt defensive linemen....For a player his size, it's surprising just how good Iupati is at pulling. he works really well on the move, working from left to right. Doesn't make missteps. Is best when his target isn't on the move. ..... Can be dominant on run blocking because of his size and strength. Aggressive off the snap, which helps him get leverage. Does a nice job of moving to the side and pushing defenders into the pile to create running lanes. Keeps a good base and doesn't get pushed back....Does nicely off the snap dipping his shoulder and driving into defenders. His functional strength is ready for the NFL. He's strong throughout his torso and has powerful legs. Looking at his frame, he could even get bigger, which is scary considering he's already at 330 pounds......


    Good initial quickness off the snap. Provides a significant jolt to the defender with his punch..... strong hands to latch on to the defender and ride him throughout the play. Good balance and lateral agility to slide with the defender and remain square. Long arms and great lower strength to lock out. Rarely takes a step back even against a powerful bull rush.....Can dominate as a run blocker due to his mass and rare upper-body strength. Provides an explosive initial pop that often knocks the defender back. Very good drive blocker when he plays with leverage and keeps his hands inside. Can physically remove the defender from the hole. Looks to eliminate more than one defender on the play and will release to the second level. Good effort downfield.....Surprisingly agile in getting out and blocking at the second level. Good body control and straight-line speed for a player of his size. Can re-adjust in space to hit the linebacker......Good initial quickness off the snap in pass protection. Even on the rare occasions when beaten off the snap, his long arms and wide-body make it difficult for defenders (including blitzing linebackers) to sneak through his gap. When beaten by quicker defensive tackles in the running game, has the agility and long arms to catch them as they slide by, typically knocking them down and pancaking them.......Made significant progress over the past two seasons and appears to be just scratching the surface of his potential. Size and athleticism combination enough that some will view him as a better offensive tackle.


    Iupati has terrific size for an interior blocker. Plays with a lot of toughness and tenacity. Exhibits outstanding power in the running game and in pass protection. Has very good body control and balance. Possesses great short area quickness and really jolts defenders. Appears to have heavy hands in pass protection.

    Needs to sustain his blocks longer. Should stay on his initial man and finish off the block. Too often Iupati releases his block to work on another defender.Tends to move around too much instead of staying in his area.Could do a better job of keeping his knees bent in run blocking so defenders don't get under his pads. Iupati has to do a more consistent job with proper hand technique. At times would get complacent and drop his arms.Can get himself in trouble with leverage by playing too high. Has to do a better job of latching on, as he'll knock his opponent back only to see him regroup and get back into the play.Fails to lock onto the defender, at times, preferring to violently shove his target to the ground and look for others..Downfield: Will misjudge angles at times, and miss his intended target.

    So in all we have a lineman with fantastic potential who has already tapped enough of it to be a very successful player at the mid-major FBS level. Iupati's issues are coachable and not overly concerning.
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    Re: Official Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Iupati thread.

    Pouncey=No Thank You! The Steelers have NEVER drafted a Center in Round 1. Don't ruin a perfect record by taking a second round talent in Round 1.

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    Re: Official Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Iupati thread.

    I thought our much bigger immediate need was on D (DB, DE, S, in that order). Good guys (except for maybe Pouncey isn't really a 1st rounder). Just don't meet the immediate need.

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    Pouncey is moving up my want list pretty quick. When you think of first round, you think of having that guy for the next 10 years. That reads Pouncey to me. He's the opposite of a project in which I am getting kind of sick of, with our mid to late round OL busts.

    You know those redo mocks they do around Week 17, I can see Pouncey's name in the top 5. He has pro written all over him and will not look like a Rookie.. one of the more safer picks in the draft.
    "That's just Ben being Superman" -John Madden, Super Bowl XLIII

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    Re: Official Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Iupati thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelAbility
    I thought our much bigger immediate need was on D (DB, DE, S, in that order). Good guys (except for maybe Pouncey isn't really a 1st rounder). Just don't meet the immediate need.
    Raiders and Broncos are both looking at him at #8 and #11 overall.
    "That's just Ben being Superman" -John Madden, Super Bowl XLIII

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    Re: Official Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Iupati thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by WoodleyofTroy
    Quote Originally Posted by SteelAbility
    I thought our much bigger immediate need was on D (DB, DE, S, in that order). Good guys (except for maybe Pouncey isn't really a 1st rounder). Just don't meet the immediate need.
    Raiders and Broncos are both looking at him at #8 and #11 overall.
    That doesn't add to Pouncey's clout. That does.

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    Re: Official Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Iupati thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelAbility
    Quote Originally Posted by WoodleyofTroy
    Quote Originally Posted by SteelAbility
    I thought our much bigger immediate need was on D (DB, DE, S, in that order). Good guys (except for maybe Pouncey isn't really a 1st rounder). Just don't meet the immediate need.
    Raiders and Broncos are both looking at him at #8 and #11 overall.
    That doesn't add to Pouncey's clout. That does.
    Titans are also looking at him at #16 to replace Mawae, keeping the Chris Johnson hype in motion..

    Bottom line, he is a first round talent. The latest he'll go is #30 to the Vikings.

    More teams are looking at him in the first, than with Alex Mack last year.
    "That's just Ben being Superman" -John Madden, Super Bowl XLIII

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    Yes!!!!!!!!!! Thank God!! Finally the "Official" Pouncy and Iupati Thread. I've been waitin for this all off season. Tired of all those fake as@ un-official threads before.

    Steelers 2015 Draft???....Go Freak! As in....

    1-Bernardrick McKinney MLB Mississippi State 6 ft 5 250 4.5 40 yard dash

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    Re: Official Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Iupati thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by WoodleyofTroy
    Quote Originally Posted by SteelAbility
    Quote Originally Posted by WoodleyofTroy
    Quote Originally Posted by SteelAbility
    I thought our much bigger immediate need was on D (DB, DE, S, in that order). Good guys (except for maybe Pouncey isn't really a 1st rounder). Just don't meet the immediate need.
    Raiders and Broncos are both looking at him at #8 and #11 overall.
    That doesn't add to Pouncey's clout. That does.
    Titans are also looking at him at #16 to replace Mawae, keeping the Chris Johnson hype in motion..

    Bottom line, he is a first round talent. The latest he'll go is #30 to the Vikings.

    More teams are looking at him in the first, than with Alex Mack last year.
    Wrong! Just because he is the best Center in this draft does NOT make him a first round talent. He is not better than Mangold or Mack who were first round talents. Just plain NO.
    LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!
    Here We Go Steelers!


    1 TJ Watt, LB, Wisconsin
    2 Budda Baker, S, Washington
    3 Rasul Douglas, CB, WVU
    3 Samaje Perine, RB, OU
    4 Shelton Gibson, WR, WVU
    5 Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villinova
    6 Josh Dobbs, QB, Tenn
    7 Isaac Rochell, DE, Notre Dame

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    Re: Official Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Iupati thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by calmkiller
    Quote Originally Posted by WoodleyofTroy
    Quote Originally Posted by SteelAbility
    Quote Originally Posted by WoodleyofTroy
    Quote Originally Posted by SteelAbility
    I thought our much bigger immediate need was on D (DB, DE, S, in that order). Good guys (except for maybe Pouncey isn't really a 1st rounder). Just don't meet the immediate need.
    Raiders and Broncos are both looking at him at #8 and #11 overall.
    That doesn't add to Pouncey's clout. That does.
    Titans are also looking at him at #16 to replace Mawae, keeping the Chris Johnson hype in motion..

    Bottom line, he is a first round talent. The latest he'll go is #30 to the Vikings.

    More teams are looking at him in the first, than with Alex Mack last year.
    Wrong! Just because he is the best Center in this draft does NOT make him a first round talent. He is not better than Mangold or Mack who were first round talents. Just plain NO.

    Of course you don't see him as a first round talent when you got Kyle Wilson rated as a 2nd rounder, and Rodger Saffold as a 3rd.
    "That's just Ben being Superman" -John Madden, Super Bowl XLIII

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