Saints Scouting Report: Mike Pollak

Each day leading up to the NFL Draft, Saintsinsider.com will break down a player that the New Orleans Saints may be interested in on draft day. Today it's center Mike Pollak. Find out his vitals, his college statistics, what our Scout.com personnel guru Tom Marino thinks of him, along with reports from other sites. It's an exclusive analysis feature from Saintsinsider.com.

MIKE POLLAK

POSITION: Center.

MEASURABLES: 6-foot-4, 301, 4.99 in the 40 at the combine.

COLLEGE CAREER: He graded 82.08 percent for blocking consistency. He notched a career-high 80 knockdowns and his blocks let to 15 touchdowns.

PROJECTED AS: A starting center in the NFL, though likely not right away unless he lands on a team with a need.

ARE THE SAINTS INTERESTED: Saintsinsider.com has not learned of a private meeting or visit between the Saints and Pollak, but the Saints have a need at the position after the departure of Jeff Faine.

DRAFT VALUE: Pollak's stock is on the rise and he could go as early as the second round.

SCOUT.COM'S TOM MARINO'S ANALYSIS: A good, serviceable football player, but I didn't think he was particularly strong or effective at the point of attack. He will have some real problems with big people inside. Is smart, experienced, took good angles and plays on his feet. In pass protection he looked around well and was a good knee bender. Not a nasty individual and is never going to be a big finisher, but has solid play skills and should become a steady swingman inside.

WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE SAYING:

"Outshined other top centers Steve Justice and John Sullivan at the Senior Bowl, and teams noticed. They also noticed his excellent test results at the Combine, which included a 4.99 40 and 29 reps. … His best asset is his hands, as he uses them to generate a strong punch and when he can cleanly latch on, he can gain leverage and move the defender away from the action." — NFLDraftscout.com

"Pollak shows good intangibles and athletic ability but is not strong or aggressive enough to block NFL defensive tackles. Pollak made a strong impression at the Senior Bowl. If able to add bulk and play with more aggression, Pollak will develop into an NFL starter in a season or two." — Sportingnews.com War Room.

MATTHEW POSTINS' BOTTOM LINE: Guess who NFLDraftscout.com compared Pollak's overall game to? Faine. The Saints are thin at center, as they will give journeyman guard Jonathan Goodwin (who has started only 13 games in eight seasons) will get first crack at replacing Faine. If he can't, the job will go to Matt Lehr, who the Saints signed away from the Bucs. The Saints may be eager to latch on to a player that could be their future at the position. It sounds as if Pollak has really helped himself this offseason with his Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine performances. The Saints need to acquire a center that can be most helpful in pass protection, since their offense is geared toward quarterback Drew Brees making plays downfield. Pollak is solid in that area and is considered the strongest center in the draft by Marino. He could be gone by the end of the second round, but if he falls into the third round, the Saints could give him strong consideration.


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