Mike Pouncey becomes Florida's 43rd player selected in the NFL Draft first round
Former center Mike Pouncey was selected as the No. 15 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins tonight, fulfilling his wish of being a higher first round draft pick than his twin brother Maurkice.
“We’re competitors and we had a bet going,’’ said Pouncey, who was accompanied by his family and former UF offensive line coach Steve Addazio in New York Thursday night. “He was hoping I went 19th, but I told him I was going to go before that.’’
Pouncey, who moved from guard to center during his senior season, is the first UF player drafted by the Dolphins since the team selected linebacker Channing Crowder in the third round of the 2005 draft.
He continued a streak of five seasons for the Gators with at least one first round pick. He is the 43rd Florida player to be selected in the first round – the sixth offensive lineman. The Gators have had a player selected in the first round in 12 of the last 15 years.
Pouncey who played in 54 games at Florida with 45 starts, said he didn’t have a lot of contact with the Dolphins prior to being selected. He met with Dolphins coach Tony Sporano and general manager Jeff Ireland during an allotted 15 minutes at the NFL Combine, but didn’t have any other pre-draft workouts or meetings. He said he became interested in the team, and began watching film and researching the Dolphins on his own. Pouncey said he's not concerned whether he plays guard or center.
"I feel like I'm good at both of them,'' he said. "I just want to go down there and earn the respect of my teammates. I don't want anything given to me. I want to earn a spot on the team whether it be center or guard.''