Mike Pouncey's talent doesn't match that of his brother, Mel Kiper, Jr. says
Veteran ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. believes that former Florida C Mike Pouncey can play in the NFL, but Pouncey doesn't match his brother Maurkice in terms of draft status and talent, Kiper said.
"He’s not Maurkice, and I think that’s the most important thing to realize with the brothers,'' Kiper said Wednesday. "He’s not going to be the NFL player, in my opinion, that Maurkice was – and is. Maurkice, I thought, was one of the top three rookies in the NFL this year.''
Kiper said he still expects Mike to be a first draft pick because of the needs of many NFL teams this year, but some disagree with his assessment.
"When you look at Mike, Mike had those struggles in the shotgun snap (at UF this past season), you would think that he could be more guard than a center, but a center is not out of the realm of possibility,'' Kiper said. "But he’s probably a guard, which he was before this year. I think Mike Pouncey deserves to be in the first round. Some would disagree because they say 'Well he’s going to be a guard, he’s not a center.' I think he still has that dual versatility. I think teams in the first round like the Giants at 19 certainly could look at him. There are several others that could look at him as well in the first round. But I think the ceiling would be 19 to the Giants. There are those who think he’s a little overrated and I can understand why you would say that because he’s not Maurkice. And Maurkice went 18 (in last year's NFL Draft). So if he’s not Maurkice, how can he go 19? I understand that argument.''
Pouncey was scheduled to play in the Senior Bowl this weekend, but abruptly withdrew this week for unspecified reasons.