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Mike Pouncey to Dolphins? He doesn't think so

The Dolphins need to upgrade the center position. Like, very much.

Among the most obvious ways the team is likely to do that is either by moving Richie Incognito from guard to center or drafting someone good enough to take over the job as a rookie -- someone like say ... Mike Pouncey.

Except that Mike Pouncey doesn't seem to be exceedingly prominent on the Dolphins' radar and he seems to think he's headed to another NFL team when the draft gets underway later this month.

"... Would be shocked if I wasn't in a Dallas uniform next year!" Pouncey tweeted earlier this afternoon. "The draft is April 28 so we will see."

We shall see. Obviously Pouncey, who was in Dallas for private meetings with the Cowboys on Tuesday and Wednesday, has gotten the idea that team really, really, really likes him. So he thinks that's where he's headed. The Cowboys hold the No. 9 overall pick, which I believe is way, way, way too early to invest on Pouncey.

If Pouncey is correct, perhaps Jerry Jones, with whom Pouncey met, said something about trading down in the first round. Perhaps the Cowboys are looking at Pouncey as their second-round selection -- No. 40 overall. That is all speculative.

This is not: If Pouncey had his choice of teams, he'd be going to Pittsburgh.

"To all the Steelers fans, I would love to be playing for the Steelers and if I had a choice I would," he tweeted, "but it isn't my choice."

Pouncey would "love" to be reunited with his brother Markice, who was Pittsburgh's No. 1 draft pick last year and a great addition to that team. The Pounceys played together at Florida.

Look, Mike Pouncey would be an excellent addition for the Dolphins, especially if they trade down as they want and hope to do in the first round in order to pick up an extra pick later in the second round.

Yes, he had nearly 100 poor snaps throughout the course of the 2010 season, most of those out of the shotgun. That's a concern. But I was told by a scout that is something that will be corrected by good coaching and something his sheer talent can overcome.

The greater point is, if Pouncey is correct, and he is headed to the Cowboys, does that mean the Dolphins need to make other plans at center?

After Pouncey, there is no real first-round option at center and possibly no second-round option, either. FSU's Rodney Hudson is considered a value in the fourth round. Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski is considered a fifth- or sixth-rounder because he doesn't have the strongest lower body in the world. But I like that he comes from a family line of tough-nosed centers, has great ability to recognize defenses and make line calls and is just a flat-out grinder. (Wow, re-reading what I just wrote, maybe he's more a fouth-rounder.)

I'm assuming Slipper Rock's Brandon Fusco is on Miami's board sometime late, although I wonder about the caliber of competition he faced. Oregon State's Alex Linnekohl is also a late-round possibility.

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There are a lot of options. I don't think that Center is the first round priority, but who knows. Wouldn't it be better to draft one in the 3rd or 4th and sign a free agent.

Yes it would...but also we beed to break this mold of how we have been drafting the last oooohhh 14 years. Any guy who is chosen in the first 3 to 4 rounds better be a darn playmaker!!! We need to "throw away" business as usual in our drafts and FA going forward if we are going to compete in our division...

Playmakers and Speed....
Speed and Playmakers....
We need them and need them badly

How is Center not a 1st (or any) round priority? Anyone think a RB can succeed without a good oline? Now anyone think a great oline can't make a good RB GREAT? Or help a QB gain his footing and stay clean? To me, the oline is more of a priority than a grinder RB (which we can get in any round) or a WR (which we can get in any round). Let's shore up the lines and at least we can't blame them for the QB messing up!

A good RB can make a weak oline look great. Rickey Williams did it in his early years at Miami.

Secondly, this oline is just not as bad as most are making it out to be. Garner is coming back and its reasonable to expect Jerry to play better in his second year.

It's a team game any way you slice it, there has to be balance. You will never have an all pro at every position on the line.

A team one one single bona fide offensive play maker desperately needs more play makers. The first two picks really need to address that or this team will be the lowest scoring team in the league.

odinseye, re daboll from last blog

technically its currently either a bicycle basket or a small trailer, no way is it a bandwagon at the momnet but i'm with u, i have made a few hints that i'm a big fan of the totally unproven oc we hired

1. his career (even more than ts's) lives or dies by what he can do with this offense

2. he's had his ears in some good places listening to some brains

3. he shows passion for the game (er... henning)

4. he's likely to want to have a balanced run/pass offense so at least will be on ts wavelength with run


no way will he let our offensive players not gel if he sees trouble i see him kicking ass

armando, whilst tweeting is the newest way of accessing the horses mouth, pouncey doesn't know jack s... about where he's going and nor do we

but i do love the way u throw these things up there to get us talking, wouldn't miss the blog for anything

apart from something decent happening to the fins aka FOOOD

Just move Incognito to Center. End of story.

0x80, correct (you'll never have all-Pro at every position). But the one position you want a better than average guy in is Center. That's the guy that makes all the calls for the oline. Satele wasn't able to cut it, and that was part of the problem (well, probably more than part) last year. So I think we need to shore up the Center position most definitely.

And I disagree about a good RB making a weak oline look great. Maybe they can make an average oline above average, but we had 2 good RBs last year (the year before they were good enough for 4th in the NFL) but they weren't able to make up for the oline they were playing behind.

Is there going to be free agency this year? I'm sure we can find a center that can compete with berger and the rest of them in FA. If we take o-line in the first round it should be a guard.

Pouncey is a guard that was forced to play center last year. He should not lay a hand on a ball ever again.

We need guards too. Everything but a LT.

DC,

The defensive players used to make fun of their oline right to Ricky's face. They really were weak, but then again that version of Ricky really was very good.

Most likely Cognito will be at center from what I understand, Garner at guard. We can't just keep focusing on either line with the top picks, at some point we need play makers. This team has fewer offensive play makers than any team in our division.

Don't count out the guy from Slippery Rock Armando. That conference has produced some quality players as of late. John Kuhn and Brent Grimes played in that conference. One has 2 Super Bowl rings and the other was a pro bowler last year on a very good team.

We only have nine picks this year and only one in the first 2 rounds. We can't solve all our problems in this draft we are not the Pat's. Sparanno would'nt know a good O-lineman if he was staring at him! He'll play musical chairs again this year and F- it up because it surely can't be the Q.B. Speaking of Q.B.s that is our one glaring need-- period. Crappy Q.B. -crappy Dolphins. History tells us that!

Drafting a back makes no sense at 15. Is he going to be better than Ronnie or Rickey? How did they do with no blocking last year? We all could have ran through the holes Emmitt Smith had. O-line needs to be the priority as it controls the game.

Danny Watkins is a sleeper pick that keeps popping up on my radar. 15 is early for him and we all want to trade down but it is unlikely. He is more of a late 1st, early 2nd round pick like Pouncey is but he is more versatile and is viewed by some teams as a center or guard prospect where most think Pouncey is strictly a guard. Watkins can play most positions on the line which gives a lot flexibility that Pouncey does not. If we are considering Pouncey then we must consider Watkins.

Besides, Pouncey sounds like he wants to go to Dallas- he's not stupid, he wants no part of the Miami Lions.

0x80, correct, we can't keep focusing on lines. But RB/WR/TE's can be found in ANY round, and be good, even great. Besides the lines, QB is the position where you get the most bang for your buck in round 1. At our pick (15) or later, in this draft, between a RB and a lineman, I'd take the lineman. But I'd take a QB before any of that. Now, if Julio Jones is there, then I'd say take him before Ingram, but he'll be gone by Washington's pick.

Incognito would not have received and contract extension if Miami was not planning on him to play at center because while his pass blocking was good, he was lacking when it came to run blocking due to the simple fact that he is not a pulling guard. So center is not a big need. The real need on the OL is the need for a guard who can pull. It is the one reason why Miami struggled running the ball. From the reports that I have heard on Mike Pouncey is that he is not a very good pulling guard. If that is true then I can't see Miami taking him if they stay with the 15th selection.

I think Miami could select a OT to replace Carey and then when the CBA kicks in they could trade Carey away while he still has value. Two of the top three OTs should still be on the board when Miami picks.

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DC,

As we both know, thats where our differences are. I'm not high on any of the FO RB's for various reasons, and I see all the late round backs in this draft as complimentary type backs, not one than can anchor the running game. The best RB's in this draft will be gone in the first two rounds. With our team in the worst RB state in its history (we only have a 6th rounder whom we already waived once), I'd like to see us get one of the top RB's in this draft.

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Incognito to Center and Pouncey at guard. If he is the best player available when we pick...take him!

Leshoure is 3 inches taller and 15 pounds heavier with the same 40 yd. speed. When bigger hits you you tend to move. Plus no knee issue.

All you guys moving the line around will get to see that for real this season!


Pouncey is a guard that was forced to play center last year. He should not lay a hand on a ball ever again.

Joe in Houston, You are dead on.
Living in Gainesville, Watching every single gator game, Pouncey was NEVER a center. As a gaurd he was good. Please do not confuse him with his brother.
Mark

Wow, another o line pick. All of our offensive weapons should be excited! Oh wait....
This is ridiculous. We do this and we are the worst drafting team bar none. Quarterback.

inimounts - nobody wants to talk Q.B. they love Henne they say he needs one more year. Yeah to FFFF up the team.....

GUYS, WE ARE REPEATING THE COMMENT OF THE LAST 5 POSTS ...WRITE SOME THING NEW .........OR SHOULD WE WAIT FOR ROB IN OC AND DD TO SHOW UP AND TALK REAL FOOTBALL DRAFT PICKS .

ARMANDO IS THE FAKER .

loco, you get to make that kind of stuff working at SUBWAY?

FINARMEGEDDON Loves to toss this nasty mans salad.... OOOOOhhhh.... he licks so good....

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Posted by: ALoco | April 06, 2011 at 05:49 PM

"Sweet And SORE Style"???? LMAO @ lil Aloco..., Aloco, Where's your boy Dying Breed????

NOT dyingbreed............


i don't realy care who fakes me dyingcreep or armando but IF YOU NOTICE ARMANDO ISN'T SAYING A WORD WHICH TELLS A LOT.....


ARMANDO LOVES TO FAKE PEOPLE TO SET THEM AGAINST EACH OTHER LIKE IN HIS CHURCH .

Forget Pouncey at Center. If he is available in the late first round, down, take him. Plug him into the Left Guard spot.

MIAMI should just draft Ingram. It seems to be our destiny. All of this other stuff like Mallett (I like) and Pouncey are not going to happen.

We know it.

Maybe Miami can trade down a few spots and still get Ingram.

He might be small and a tad slow but he has the competitive fire that Miami needs.

Marshall has that fire.

We need more players with a passion to win at all costs

I want to draft Maurice Gibb and a vase filled with beautiful roses.

Not Dyingbreed, you are a regular blogger here yet changed your name. Why? Are you afraid of Dying Breed? Why hide behind the new name?

The odds of ANY rookie making much of a meaningful impact this season will fade very quickly if the labor situation isn't settled very quickly after the draft, which seems unlikely.

It's just being realistic. These will be first-year players who will be allowed ZERO contact with the team drafting them. No practices, no film sessions, not even a playbook. Nothing. A rookie is unlikely to see much (if any) meaningful playing time in that scenario aside from injuries and/or blowout situations.

Without a quick settlement, you're really drafting guys this year for 2012 and beyond.

It will neither help OR hurt Miami, of course, since 31 other teams are facing the same situation.

Not gonna spend much time worrying about what a rookie will do THIS year, though, since it's likely to be nothing.

Mike Pouncey is looked upon more as a guard right now than a centre. I realize that's been said already. From what I've read about him most people thing he would struggle if played at centre right away. The other thing I have heard about him is he's not going to be as good as his brother. So the question becomes, is that considered a good VALUE pick at 15? I would say no. I would think there are other guys we should be taking at 15 is they are still there. RT Smith from USC would be one. OLB Smith would be two. I think Ingram would be three. I even think Leshoure at 15 wouldn't be a bad pick either. If we're stuck at 15 and a lot of the guys we want are gone then take Leshoure. We need running backs and you're getting one of the better ones in the draft. Just because people don't have him ranked in the first round means nothing. Thurman Thomas wasn't a first round pick. Charles the running back from KC wasn't a first round pick nor was Shonn Greene with the Jets. We could do a lot worse than picking Leshoure at 15.

Curtis Martin....third round. Terrell Davis, sixth round. Ray Rice, not first round....I think you guys get the point.

As much as those want to preach you need a world class oline to have a run game, the reality is you still need some pretty good RB's to make the line look good. The two go hand in hand. Some here want to say R&R would have done better if our oline was better. So few want to believe that maybe those two just don't have it anymore. Ronnie hesitates more than poker player deciding whether to call a bluff. Ricky no longer breaks tackles like he used to.

Players fall in the draft not just on perception of ability, but also on the teams needs, which are different for each team each season. Blindly saying well good RB's can be found late is not justification for not taking a top RB early if it really is a serious need. There is no team in the entire NFL with a bigger need at RB than the Miami Dolphins. We have one single RB on the roster, a 6th round back that we already waived once. I defy anyone to name a team more needy at RB than the fins.

0x80,

Totally agree with yourlast post. I'm of the mindset that the two running backs we had last year have lost a step or two. Nothing with that, we're all getting older and injuries have got up with Brown. The key is to acknowledge this and make plans to solve this. I believe Irelad will do that.

Dear not dyingbreed, pick a handle you like and feel free to stick with it. But to pick one that is clearly meant to mock one of the regular posters here and seemingly impugn his reputation is not really the way to go. So not dyingbreed's comments have been deleted and will continue to be deleted.

Enjoy your evening, folks.

All the aloco impersonator comments have also been deleted. Question: Why would anyone want to impersonate aloco?

Sheesh!

This particular Pouncey is not a Center (did anyone watch the Florida games with all the missnaps in the shotgun??).he's a guard.....if Miami takes a Guard with their 1st pick at 15---they should be banned for life from ever drafting in early rounds.... A playmaker needs to be addressed in the 1st round.

Trade down in the 1st and pick up a 2nd rounder.
1. Stud OG or RT
2. ILB or OLB
3. RB or TE
4. TE or RB
5. Fast WR
6-7. Best available.

-Give Henne and Thigpen one more year with a new OL and OC. Pick up a QB next year if we still need to.
-Sign Ronnie for 2 more years. Lex and Sheets can hold down the other spot. I'm a Purdue fan and watched Sheets every week in college. He's not an All-Pro but he's very fast and good, as long as he heals properly.
-Next year we can focus on another OG or OT, RB, and other positions that need upgraded.

Mando,
If your scout is to be believed, then he had the sheer talent just not the motivation or intelligence to improve? That is ok, how?

Who are the top Kickers coming out of college??

Kaepernick. Reminds me a little of a modern day Joe Montana. He's a scoring machine with great intangables. He's better than Newton and without the baggage. Should we trade down and get him late 1st or quit fooling around and just grab him at 15? Like the Ravens did Flacco a couple years ago.

I would love to have a couple of offensive impact players chosen, but I'm a little worried we end up with CJ Spiller results.

I know Ingram is a different type of back, but I'm not sure if he can make the same impact as Ricky did in his early years.

Does Richie Incognito have the "sheer talent" to make long snaps too? He sucked at it last season. I think the thing to do is keep Richie there and draft another OG to compete w/ Garner, Jerry and maybe even Berger if we play him there.

I still say QB is our biggest need.

armando,

ASK YOURSELF ,WHY WOULD ANY ONE WANTS TO IMPORSNATE ME ?

NO DAYINGBREED,

GOOD POST @ 8;38
YOU NOTICE ARMANDO DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING WHO FAKED MY NAME,AS FAR AS I AM CONSIDERING ARMANDO IS DYING BREED OR ANY ONE HE FAKES ANY ONE ON THIS SITE .


ANOTHER THING , WHY ARMANDO WAITED UNTIL NOW TO DELETE THESE POSTS AND THEY R GOING ON FOR A YEAR NOW ?


THE REASON IS I STARTED A WEEK AGO TARGETING HIM AS THE COPRA .


PS...IN KRIS'S CASE IT TOOK A DAY NOT A YEAR .

WIATED

no dyingbreed,

to fake my name and leave all this trash talking to go on speaks of who armando IS ? TALK ,ANY ONE SHOULD ASHMED TO BE PART OF .

Hard to believe that the Miami Herald is censoring this site. With all the stuff people have posted out here, what I've read seems innocuous. Armando it really seems petty to me. Aloco has been the brunt of it for a long time.

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