Player profile: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

Our experts see Maurkice Pouncey as a solid pass protector.
Our experts see Maurkice Pouncey as a solid pass protector.

Sporting News’ Pro Football War Room has hundreds of player evaluations in preparation for the 2010 NFL draft. Here is a capsule look at prospect Maurkice Pouncey.

NFL position:

Height: 6-4 1/2
Weight: 304
40 time: 5.27
Current projection: First-round pick
NFL comparison: Matt Birk, Ravens

Strengths: Is an athletic lineman who can pass block with good leverage, allowing him to slide side to side to adjust to quick pass-rush moves. Has a thick lower body and excellent natural strength. Shows good awareness to pick up delayed blitzes. Seals his man out of the play on inside runs.

Weaknesses: Does not block with good technique consistently. Often reaches to maintain blocks, falling off and losing the block. For a lineman with his size, athleticism and strength, ends up on the ground too often.

Bottom line: Pouncey, a junior, could have helped his draft stock by returning to Florida and working on his technique. He has great physical tools and competitiveness to excel but must improve his technique.

For more than 665 player scouting reports from Lande and his team of former NFL scouts — plus updated mock draft, Super 99 rankings and more — go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

Our experts see Maurkice Pouncey as a solid pass protector.
Our experts see Maurkice Pouncey as a solid pass protector.

Sporting News’ Pro Football War Room has hundreds of player evaluations in preparation for the 2010 NFL draft. Here is a capsule look at prospect Maurkice Pouncey.

NFL position:

Height: 6-4 1/2
Weight: 304
40 time: 5.27
Current projection: First-round pick
NFL comparison: Matt Birk, Ravens

Strengths: Is an athletic lineman who can pass block with good leverage, allowing him to slide side to side to adjust to quick pass-rush moves. Has a thick lower body and excellent natural strength. Shows good awareness to pick up delayed blitzes. Seals his man out of the play on inside runs.

Weaknesses: Does not block with good technique consistently. Often reaches to maintain blocks, falling off and losing the block. For a lineman with his size, athleticism and strength, ends up on the ground too often.

Bottom line: Pouncey, a junior, could have helped his draft stock by returning to Florida and working on his technique. He has great physical tools and competitiveness to excel but must improve his technique.

For more than 665 player scouting reports from Lande and his team of former NFL scouts — plus updated mock draft, Super 99 rankings and more — go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

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