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Skins, Steelers had draft deal, but guy was gone

Posted on: May 14, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 2:21 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (Monday, 11:00 AM): So, this is weird: the Redskins are saying now that Dan Snyder never appeared on Sirius. Which makes Wexell's tweet really odd. Read the anatomy of a rumor post right here.

The 2011 NFL Draft has come and gone, but here's an interesting little nugget about something that could have happened, involving a Redskins-Steelers trade for the No. 16 overall pick.

Per Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Dan Snyder, appearing on Sirius Radio this past week, said that Washington and Pittsburgh had a deal in place for the No. 16 overall pick, but "the player was gone."

As you probably recall, the Redskins traded down from 10th to 16th via a deal with Jacksonville where the Jaguars picked up Blaine Gabbert.

The logical guess is that the Steelers wanted Mike Pouncey, brother of their center, Maurkice Pouncey. Can we be sure though?

Well, not positive, but pretty close. Hopping in the not-so-way-back machine and taking a look at our Draft Tracker, we can pretty much reach that conclusion.

We have to make the assumption that the player in question was taken in between the 11th and 15th picks, as Washington had access to both the 10th and 16th picks and Pittsburgh didn't make a move.

Scratching the one quarterback taken in that range, Gabbert and Christian Ponder, off the list isn't a reach, considering that the Steelers still have Ben Roethlisberger.

J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn were both strong picks, but it seems unlikely that Pittsburgh would trade valuable assets for a defensive end in a year when there was depth at the position. Additionally, Cameron Heyward -- the guy they got -- fits their scheme nicely.

Nick Fairley could have been under consideration, as he would have represented outstanding value, but, I'm not so sure that what he does best would necessarily equate to making him the long-term answer at DT for Pittsburgh, assuming they don't make a scheme shift once (if??) Dick LeBeau retires.

And then there's this: many people thought the Dolphins would take Alabama running back Mark Ingram, but went with Pouncey right before the 'Skins 16th pick instead. So it seemed like Pouncey might be there at 16; clearly the Steelers are fans of that family, and wouldn't need to play him at center, as many teams felt they might.

And with their second-round pick, the Steelers nabbed Pouncey's linemate at Florida, Marcus Gilbert. That's not to say they loved the other Pouncey just because he's related to one of their players, or because he's from the same school.

And it's tough to guarantee that's what they were hoping for, but it sure does seem like a strong possibility.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:09 pm
 

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Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:27 am
 

Skins, Steelers had draft deal, but guy was gone

Mike Pouncey would have been a good addition to the Steeler's OL as a guard, but I don't think the 'Fins can rely on him to play Center.  Mike had trouble snapping the ball at FL, and that's the most important thing you need the guy to do.  So taking a true guard at # 16 would have been a reach in my opinion.  Plus, Mike will never be as good as Maurkice.  Don't get me wrong, he will be a good NFL player, but Maurkice was clearly better.  That's why he was able to come out early and get drafted in the first round.  Maurkice's exceptional play helped improve his draft status this year.  If Maurkice stayed at FL another year, he would have gone around #16 this year and Mike would have likely been a 2nd rounder.  Maurkice was always a step above his brother.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Skins, Steelers had draft deal, but guy was gone

Keep your top 5 O-line, we will keep our freakish defense and keeping bringing home trophies. I shouldn't even have to argue for our line for the running game, Mend. ran for almost 1300 yrds behind a makeshift line all season. Nobody can grade our pass blocking, because blocking for Ben is one of a kind. Healthy, the line is sick. I can saw "we" all I want. I was born in Pitt. and bleed the black and gold... it is easy to see why a Dolphins fan would not understand that concept. Its nice to say "they" when your team couldn't even get it done with the best QB of all time.




Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Skins, Steelers had draft deal, but guy was gone

Sadly agree with you!



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Skins, Steelers had draft deal, but guy was gone

Face it Steeler fans you couldnt STEEL(ER) Pouncey for a reason...he belongs in south beach and everybody knows that...Miami is going to have the best OL in the NFL for a long time...GO FISH


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