Player: Mike Pouncey
Pick: 15th Overall
Reaction: Well, it was definitely as safe a selection as you can make. Pouncey, a 46-game starter at Florida, was widely considered the draft’s top interior lineman and is able to play all three spots. Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland talked of Pouncey starting out at center but didn’t rule out the possibility of moving him outside.
Although many fans are disappointed because this certainly wasn’t a sexy pick, it’s looking like it made the most sense. At first, I was angered they didn’t take a shot at one of the quarterbacks available such as Ryan Mallett or Andy Dalton. Then I thought about how this first rounder had to be a sure thing and Pouncey looks like a starter from day one.
I still would have tried to trade down, although Ireland claimed the phones weren’t ringing.
What’s next: Miami still must address quarterback, running back, receiver, and tight-end at some point in this draft. They could use some speed at all three positions. Unfortunately Miami currently doesn’t posses a second-round pick.
However, this regime has to win this season or it may be their last, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Ireland traded future picks to acquire more in this year’s draft.
If they don’t draft a skill-position player with this next pick, I’m pulling my hair out. The video below shows absolutely nothing about Pouncey’s ability to succeed in the NFL, but it’s pretty cool.