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To be successful at anything you sometimes have to think outside the box. If our New York Giants were to select the subject of today's Daily NFL Draft Prospect Profile, I would think it would undoubtedly qualify as an 'outside the box' type move.
Today's subject? Florida center Maurkice Pouncey.
Nearly every report you read about Pouncey says "best center prospect in the draft" or "best center prospect to come along in years."
Maybe center is not the biggest need for the Giants, but when a variety of scouts say those types of things about a player you have to notice. So, let's take a closer look.
Maurkice Pouncey Scouting Reports
From Consensus Draft Services.
Pouncey is probably the most complete center to come out for the last few years. Good in both the run and pass games. ... Does a good job of calling shifts on the line and rarely has an errant snap. ... Has very little experience of snapping to a QB under center since UF ran an exclusively shotgun offense. That should only be a minor issue though.
From SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.
Even though Florida ran a true spread offense, Pouncey showed he can block on power and finesse plays. ... Pouncey moves really well on his feet and shows good agility in pass protection. ... Shows great hand placement in run blocking.
Pouncey is far and away the best center prospect in this year's draft. He started 39 games in three seasons for Florida, playing in 41 total. For his efforts, he was named an All-American and the winner of the Rimington Award in 2009.
Pouncey's best asset is his quickness and athleticism. He gets out of his stance smoothly and sets up nicely. A few tweaks here or there and Pouncey should be solid 10-year starter in the NFL.
From the National Football Post.
A massive (6-foot-5, 318 pounds) center prospect who showcases impressive bend and initial quickness off the snap for his size, Pouncey does a great job of keeping his base low and gaining initial leverage on contact. He possesses a powerful lower body and does a great job of getting his hands inside opposing defenders and driving them off the ball. He's a gifted in-line run blocker and has the ability to consistently push at the point of attack. Pouncey snaps and steps quickly in the pass game and has the fluidity and balance to slide laterally in space and mirror opposing linemen in pass protection. He's fluid for his size with the anchor strength to sit into his stance and keep the pocket clean. One of the best centers to come along in years, Pouncey's combination of size, power and athleticism will likely make him one of the top players at his position in the NFL for years to come.
Why Pouncey fits with the Giants
Because when a multitude of scouts agree that a guy is the best available player at his position that makes him someone you have to think about. And Shaun O'Hara, who will be 34 this season, won't play forever. We have talked a great deal about the need to think about the future of the offensive line. So, why not snag the replacement for the oldest player on that line?
Why the Giants should pass
Because Pouncey will likely come off the board no later than the second round. You could argue that the Giants have too many other holes to fill for 2010 to grab a guy who seems unlikely to have a place to play for a couple of years.