Prospect Profile: Maurkice Pouncey's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Florida center Maurkice Pouncey inside.

Maurkice Pouncey
School: Florida
Position: Center
Height: 6-4
Weight: 304
Projected 40-Time: 5.23

Star Rating: Grade: 90
Draft Projection: 1st - 2nd Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Pouncey is the premier center in the 2010 draft and could be selected in the 1st round.
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Strengths: Pouncey is an athletic, durable interior lineman who has the versatility to play center or guard at the next level. He has great size and strength to hold his ground against a bigger opposition. He displays the awareness and intelligence to make all of the calls at the line of scrimmage. He snaps the ball accurately and quickly, and initiates contact with the defender after the ball is snapped. He uses his hands well and controls the rush with his strong upper-body and technique. He plays with good pad level and leverage to drive the opposition off the line in running situations. He shows good awareness and body control in space and is always looking to hit the opposition. He's a maximum effort performer who hustles down field and finishes his blocks. He's a team leader who plays with passion and toughness.

Weaknesses: He primarily snapped the ball in the shotgun and will have to adapt to the more classic approach. He has good straight-line speed, but doesn't consistently get to the second level. He has to do a better job of finding the middle linebacker and make the proper adjustments at the line.

Steuber Says: A three-year starter at Florida, Pouncey, who teamed with his twin brother Michael to form college football's most impressive interior barrier, decided to leave school after his junior campaign, while his brother stayed in school. Pouncey played in 41 games, making 39 starts during his three-year career at Florida, and was the best center in college football during the 2009 season, as he captured the Rimington Trophy. At 6-foot-4, 304 pounds, Pouncey is a natural athlete who does everything really well, and some consider him to be a better prospect than last year's top center, first round draft pick Alex Mack. The one negative to Pouncey is that he comes from a spread offense where he primarily snapped the ball out of the shotgun, and there may be an adjustment period for him to get used to the traditional style. But, if that's the only negative, Pouncey, who also has experience at guard, will likely hear his name early in the draft, possibly as high as No. 18 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition to the Steelers, there are a handful of teams in the first round that will have interest in Pouncey's services, including the Green Bay Packers (No. 23), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 24), Arizona Cardinals (No. 26), Minnesota Vikings (No. 30) and Indianapolis Colts (No. 31).

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the network and on If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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