2010 Draft

Steelers Select C Maurkice Pouncey With The 18th Selection In The First Round Of 2010 NFL Draft

The Steelers drafted center Maurkice Pouncey from the University of Florida with the 18th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. Pouncey is 6\’4″ and weighs 304 lbs. His arm length is 32 1/2 inches and he has a hand size of 10 inches. Pouncey is versatile enough to play guard as well and might start on the right side until center Justin Hartwig is gone. The last center the Steelers took with their first pick, Chet Gladchuck of Boston College in 1941, never played for them. Pouncey has been compared to Matt Birk of the Ravens and is an athletic lineman who can pass block with good leverage, and a good lateral slide. He has thick lower body and is naturally strong. Has shown good awareness to pick up delayed blitzes and seals off the inside well on runs. Seals his man out of the play on inside runs. Pouncey needs to work on consistency and maintaining his blocks without falling off. Very coachable and smart. Could anchor the Steelers line for a decade.

I dug up some videos below:

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