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Mike Pouncey wants to be a Steeler, thinks he’ll be a Cowboy

Mike Pouncey AP

Florida center Mike Pouncey, the twin brother of Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, is making the rounds in advance of the 2011 draft.

And he came away from a visit with the Cowboys thinking that they’ll select him with the ninth overall pick in the draft.

On his Twitter account, Pouncey posted that he’ll “be shocked” if he’s not playing for the Cowboys in 2011.  But he also said he’d love to play for the Steelers, and that if it was up to him, he’d be heading to Pittsburgh for the start of his career.

From a financial standpoint, it makes a lot more sense to go ninth than 31st, even with a rookie wage scale.  But Pouncey’s wishes highlight the argument that the players could indeed be making a year from now — that, in the absence of a union, the NFL draft violates antitrust laws.

Under that theory, Mike Pouncey and every other rookie should enter the league as free agents, able to sign with any team they choose.  As soon as next year, that could indeed be the case.  For now, though, Mike Pouncey will play for the team that puts his name on a card three weeks from tonight.

And while he seems to be convinced that the Cowboys will pick him, Pouncey perhaps should call Randy Moss, who claimed in 1998 that he was told the Cowboys would take him.

They didn’t.

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46 Responses to “Mike Pouncey wants to be a Steeler, thinks he’ll be a Cowboy”
  1. northeastern31 says: Apr 7, 2011 10:19 AM

    Wow… great strategy Pouncey! It should be real easy for you in an NFL locker room now.

  2. nabz034 says: Apr 7, 2011 10:21 AM

    He’s no where near as good as his brother. I feel bad for whatever team uses there first rd pick to get him. He’s more like a 3rd rounder.

  3. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 7, 2011 10:21 AM

    Better be sitting down when that 9th pick comes around.

  4. Kaz says: Apr 7, 2011 10:23 AM

    He looks like a LB in that pic…. An undersized one at that.

  5. r8rsfan says: Apr 7, 2011 10:24 AM

    Inappropriate to say before the draft that he’d prefer to play for the Steelers? Seems a little arrogant, and his brother plays the same position. Is he hoping to be a backup? No matter what the reason, seems that his better move would be to clam up and be grateful to whatever team he’s fortunate enough to be granted instant millionaire status from.

  6. bearsblow says: Apr 7, 2011 10:27 AM

    If i were this bone head I’d be happy playing anywhere.

  7. calloustongue says: Apr 7, 2011 10:29 AM

    Unless Dallas trades back from #9, there is no way Pouncey goes there. That’s too high for an interior lineman.

    The consensus seems to be his brother was better than him at the point of coming into the draft and he went 18th.

  8. seabreezes51 says: Apr 7, 2011 10:30 AM

    I hope he lands in Philly.

  9. kingjoe1 says: Apr 7, 2011 10:32 AM

    With so many comments coming from Mike Pouncey, i have a feeling he is over-compensating for a lack of talent. He knows that he needs to get all he can up front, because he isn’t long for the league. I suspect he is rated at least a round higher, simply because of his brother.
    I hope my team stays far far away from him.

  10. commoncents says: Apr 7, 2011 10:32 AM

    I hope stating he has been told he will be a Cowboy but preferring to be a Steeler cost him a spot in the top 10, and if the draft goes away, so won’t the fan base for all the lower echelon teams who never get any of the better rookies.

  11. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 7, 2011 10:37 AM

    Seems like he was the less athletic twin.

  12. wvuandsteelers says: Apr 7, 2011 10:42 AM

    I agree with calloustongue. If Dallas does go OL, it will most likely be Tyron Smith from USC. I think the absolute earliest he could go is 14 to St. Louis and that assumes a lot of crap. More likely he falls into the 20s.

  13. jw731 says: Apr 7, 2011 10:45 AM

    On his Twitter account, Pouncey posted that he’ll “be shocked” if he’s not playing for the Cowboys in 2011.
    ————————————-
    Obviously, his “lawyer type agent” hijacked his twitter account, first off, no way he goes 9th talent wise and second off, interior lineman don’t make the splash Jerruh needs to have to put idiots in the seats……See….Dez… Bryant….

  14. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 7, 2011 10:47 AM

    He may indeed go to the Steelers. In the third round though…..

  15. play4blood says: Apr 7, 2011 10:51 AM

    Sigh. What was his Wonderlic score again?

  16. farmmbig says: Apr 7, 2011 10:51 AM

    As a Vikings’ fan knowing they need a Center– After seeing those comments, I’m ALL FOR you going to Pittsburgh, Mike Pouncey.

    Maybe you can carry your big brother’s bags.

  17. Mike Tomlin says: Apr 7, 2011 10:59 AM

    I can dig it

  18. rovibe says: Apr 7, 2011 11:00 AM

    r8rsfan says: “his brother plays the same position. Is he hoping to be a backup?”

    ——————

    Scouts all say Pouncey Jr. should play guard in the pros, because he can’t hit the broad side of a barn with his snaps…

  19. bigdinla says: Apr 7, 2011 11:07 AM

    Only way Pouncey becomes a Cowboy is if he falls to #40 I. The second round.

  20. burgado86 says: Apr 7, 2011 11:15 AM

    LMAO……better not rock that dallas hat yet when we on the clock!…dont want ur feelings hurt. Juss sayin…..

  21. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 7, 2011 11:19 AM

    farmmbig says: Apr 7, 2011 10:51 AM

    “Maybe you can carry your big brother’s bags.”

    They’re twins Professor.

  22. bengalsown says: Apr 7, 2011 11:20 AM

    I love how Maurkice Pouncey is now one of the best known offensive linemen in the entire NFL, all because he got injured and made a failed attempt at returning for the Super Bowl.

    Never before has a Center that had a pretty good year ever received so much attention.

  23. dumbaseinstien says: Apr 7, 2011 11:26 AM

    1st, that pick isn’t current. 2nd, I hope all the teams before #31 think the way you all do!! 3rd, the Steelers should trade up to get him!!!

  24. evolmonkey says: Apr 7, 2011 11:30 AM

    What pisses me off is that these players only care about themselves and their payday, not the integrity of the game. The NFL without a draft is just stupid. I hope the players lose bigtime in court!!!

  25. paulsmith107 says: Apr 7, 2011 11:33 AM

    Being a cowboy fan for a long time and crying after every draft since Jimmy Johnson left watching guys like Bobby carpenter being drafted or passing up Stephen Jackson to draft the awesome julious jones ebeneezer ekuban lol wasting four first round picks on Galloway and Williams nothing this clown can do would surprise me except doing the right thing like trade down collect more picks and taking a need position like offensive tackle and a saftey in the first and second rounds but with that being said Dallas will go against the grain and take an o lineman in round one and it’ll be pouncey

  26. farmmbig says: Apr 7, 2011 11:40 AM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Apr 7, 2011 11:19 AM
    farmmbig says: Apr 7, 2011 10:51 AM

    “Maybe you can carry your big brother’s bags.”

    They’re twins Professor.

    Figure of speech, Doctor.

  27. klindeman1 says: Apr 7, 2011 12:00 PM

    “Under that theory, Mike Pouncey and every other rookie should enter the league as free agents, able to sign with any team they choose. As soon as next year, that could indeed be the case.”

    So, can you please explain why everyone wants the players to win this court case? Sure we would get an off season of football in the short term but it could screw the game up forever. If the owners win the players will cave and we will have a CBA that keeps NFL football on top of the sports world for the forseeable future.

  28. jeffsmoker says: Apr 7, 2011 12:35 PM

    Why is everyone being a hater on this kid. Cause he said he would be shocked if he didnt go to the Cowboys but would like to be a steeler. He has as twin brother that he has played with his whole life, and who wouldn’t want to be a Steeler its a first class organization. Plus he will play guard in the NFl if your drafting him as a center then he is not a first rounder. But he is the best guard in the draft! Id love for him to fall to 31!

  29. bhindenemylines says: Apr 7, 2011 12:39 PM

    Why would the Steelers sign him when they have his older, better brother at the same position?

    That would be like the Bengals signing Jordan Palmer…

    Hold on…my bad.

  30. Deb says: Apr 7, 2011 12:52 PM

    Well, that’s one way to get Jerry Jones to pass on you. Tell him you’d rather be a Steeler :roll:

    If the Steelers took him, it would be as a guard, not a center. My biggest concern is that Maurkice is a good guy who doesn’t cause problems. From some of the comments he’s made, I’m not so sure about Mike. And twin brothers in the locker room might not be a good idea.

  31. danderoo says: Apr 7, 2011 12:55 PM

    This kid is not a Top Ten draftee. Maybe he can go to the Steelers as a 2nd or 3rd rounder. I wish him well. If his main goal in life is to play fb with his brother, who can find fault?

  32. henryjones20 says: Apr 7, 2011 1:09 PM

    the sedin twins

  33. thefiesty1 says: Apr 7, 2011 1:09 PM

    Dallas is too stupid to make a pick like Pouncy at 9.

  34. packerfan12 says: Apr 7, 2011 1:15 PM

    Maybe he won’t be surprised if he plays for the Cowboys…in the second or third round….Mike Pouncey to me isn’t a first round commodity, I just hope he’s not there when the Packers pick so TT isn’t tempted to take him (even though they could use a guard).

    I am sorry to say this but even though he probably isn’t a first round talent, he’s probably going first round anyways….I have heard that the Bears love him, and that he wouldn’t make it past 29. (Just rumors, but they could use OL.)

  35. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 7, 2011 1:19 PM

    Deb says:
    Apr 7, 2011 12:52 PM
    And twin brothers in the locker room might not be a good idea.
    _____________

    I think you’re right. I have twin sons and they’re a lot more trouble together than they are apart. Maurkice would probably always be ragging on Mike because he got stuck with the weird name.

  36. lawyermalloy says: Apr 7, 2011 1:21 PM

    What an idiot. It’s always a smart move to tell the team about to draft you that you’d rather play elsewhere!

  37. dirtydrynn27 says: Apr 7, 2011 1:25 PM

    Attention all NFL draft prospects!!!! The teams pick you,You do not pick what team that you want to play for.This goes out to Mr.Pouncey and Vaughn Miller who was quoted as saying “I wanna play for Dallas”….If you are as good as you say you are the you can go to any team and make a monumental impact….And please please dont do what John Elway did back in 83 or that Manning kid that plays for the Giants,I still hate both of their asses for what they did to this day!!!

  38. 28purple4mvp says: Apr 7, 2011 1:32 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Apr 7, 2011 11:19 AM
    farmmbig says: Apr 7, 2011 10:51 AM

    “Maybe you can carry your big brother’s bags.”

    They’re twins Professor.

    One is older than the other – duh winning-less of course they came out of mommy at the same time-

  39. snnyjcbs says: Apr 7, 2011 2:12 PM

    Them coming into the NFL as you claim is a Pipe Dream and will never happen.

  40. theguywhotoldtimtebowtoshutthefup says: Apr 7, 2011 2:28 PM

    How is someone being TOLD that they were going to be selected by a certain team (Moss), the same as someone coming away from a visit THINKING that that team will select him (Pouncey)?

  41. ninjaneer74 says: Apr 7, 2011 3:22 PM

    Someone needs to drug test the “not as good as his brother” Pouncey…#9 is way to high for a Guard, especially a guy who isnt even a spectacular player…he’s good, but not #9 overall good…In a perfect world, Jerry trades down…twice…first with St.Louis for Julio Jones and next with San Diego or New England for Cameron Jordan or JJ Watt…

  42. Deb says: Apr 7, 2011 3:23 PM

    @tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason …

    I’ve often wondered about that. Mike is such a simple name compared to Maurkice LOL

    Have a pal on the college side who gets thumbs down no matter what he posts just because it’s him. Think I’m approaching that status here. Would love to get a bracelet made from those little downward thumbs ;)

  43. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 7, 2011 4:05 PM

    bengalsown says: Apr 7, 2011 11:20 AM

    “I love how Maurkice Pouncey is now one of the best known offensive linemen in the entire NFL, all because he got injured and made a failed attempt at returning for the Super Bowl.

    Never before has a Center that had a pretty good year ever received so much attention.”

    Oh I don’t know.
    There was some fella named “Raji” that played for Green Bay and he made a pretty big splash in the press before the Super Bowl.

    Now as for the game itself, did this guy even play??

  44. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 7, 2011 4:59 PM

    @Deb –

    Sounds like pervy and jimmysmith. I’ve found it’s more fun to be hated than loved.

  45. stairwayto7 says: Apr 7, 2011 5:24 PM

    Pouncey will eb a 1st round pick and go to Bears or Giants.
    Also I hope they get rid of draft, that would be great to see where players would actually go! Teams could take 1 player or they could take 20!

  46. mrba4775 says: Apr 7, 2011 6:51 PM

    sorry pouncey, tryon smith, ot, usc, will b wearing the star on the side of the helmet, guaranteed.

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