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Report: Steelers want to trade up, pair Mike with Maurkice

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Citing a league source, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the Steelers are willing to “exhaust all realistic possible scenarios” in which they could trade up to draft Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has reportedly given his personnel department an “edict” to move up for Maurkice’s brother in the event Mike “starts to slip” in the draft.

According to La Canfora, Tomlin is “enthralled” with the idea of pairing Mike with Maurkice on the interior of his offensive line. The latter Pouncey twin plays center, and the former would likely move into the starting lineup at right guard.

The Miami Dolphins are believed to be interested in Mike Pouncey at No. 15 overall. If the Fins pass, La Canfora says “the scenario could unfold for the Steelers to move up.”

Say Miami does pass on Pouncey. He could conceivably land with the Jaguars at 16, Patriots at 17, or Giants at 19. All of those teams could use interior offensive line help.

The Steelers currently hold the No. 31 overall pick. Per the NFL Trade Value Chart, Pittsburgh’s first-rounder is worth 600 points. Jacksonville’s is worth 1,000.

La Canfora suggests Pittsburgh might wait for Pouncey to slip to 20, where the Bucs’ first-rounder is worth 850 points. Tomlin has a relationship with Tampa coach Raheem Morris.

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44 Responses to “Report: Steelers want to trade up, pair Mike with Maurkice”
  1. Matt Lechner says: Apr 26, 2011 11:08 PM

    If Jake Locker is taken before #12 (which I think he will – http://bit.ly/NFLMockDraft6 ) — the Vikings may consider dealing their pick for the Steelers #31 and a maybe picking up a 3rd rounder.

  2. Kyle MacNaughton says: Apr 26, 2011 11:09 PM

    Dolphins need interior line help, too. But they don’t have any picks in the second round, so trading down for one of those is very appealing to them.

  3. dietrich43 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:13 PM

    Would they kiss after big plays?

  4. dbellina says: Apr 26, 2011 11:14 PM

    We’re brothers. We’re singing and we’re dancing and we’re colored. Do de do do. Give me a high five!

  5. chochav says: Apr 26, 2011 11:15 PM

    I would want to do that too!

  6. Deb says: Apr 26, 2011 11:20 PM

    Not saying this isn’t true, but Tomlin doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who gets “enthralled” with anyone. And I wouldn’t bet on Tomlin issuing orders to Colbert about moving up in the draft. If the Steelers make such a move, it will be because everyone–Tomlin, Colbert, and Rooney–thinks it’s the right move.

    Like most Steelers fans, I’d be thrilled to get an o-lineman in the first round who could be even 75 percent as successful for us as Maurkice has been. Can’t help believing a twin could fit that bill. Don’t think Mike will match his brother’s NFL success–but I do believe he’ll try and may come close :)

    BTW, how old is that photo? :D

  7. cornellsteelers says: Apr 26, 2011 11:22 PM

    Ehhhhhh…

    I don’t know about this. Maurkice was an all-pro as a rookie; there is almost no way his bro is better than he is. And if we traded up to 16 to get him, we’d be taking Mike two slots higher than Maurkice. Not to mention we’d be giving up a 2nd or 3rd rounder that could be used to draft a CB that doesn’t blow…

  8. kmweber says: Apr 26, 2011 11:23 PM

    Tomlin has a relationship with Tampa coach Raheem Morris.

    But is it Facebook-official?

  9. MikeHolmgren'sChins says: Apr 26, 2011 11:28 PM

    How Nice! Now where is the real News???? No juicy gossip on Mike Vick condemning violent video games articles tonight? Sometimes I wish he had put the writers on this site out their misery instead of the dogs.

  10. japdouds says: Apr 26, 2011 11:30 PM

    From the same guy who brought us:

    Roethlisberger to the Raiders….
    Dick Lebeau to Arizona…
    Dick Lebeau to retire…
    Keith Butler to Arizona…
    Casey Hampton to be cut….

    Is now bringing us this trash. Ed Bouchette has already refuted the report and stated that Tomlin does not give edicts to the personnel department.

  11. msclemons67 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:36 PM

    That is a horrible picture of Mike Pouncey. He looks like one of those orphans that I’d donate $25 a month and he’d send me letters thanking me for saving his village.

  12. buccaboo says: Apr 26, 2011 11:39 PM

    If he slips to #20, TB would be crazy not to draft him

  13. whoknowsnothing says: Apr 26, 2011 11:43 PM

    Why not just trade with Miami?

    Switch spots in the 1st rd along with 2nd rd pick and maybe something else.

    If Pitt wants him, thats what the deal will look like.

  14. 411dooleybug1 says: Apr 26, 2011 11:53 PM

    Why would they wait if Miami might take him (and there is a strong possibility they might – he’s one of three favored palyers for them to take: Ingram and Mallett being the other two)?

    If they truly want him that badly (and this is probably all smoke) just do the trade with Miami instead of taking the chance – they have made it well known they want to move down to recoup the second they sent to Denver for Marshall.

    Pitt’s 1st & 2nd for Miami’s 1st and one of their 7th rounders.

  15. whatswiththehate says: Apr 26, 2011 11:57 PM

    Jason La Canfora is the to to man for all team trade up information tonight. He stated a little ealier that the RedSkins badly wanted to trade up real badly to the number 2 spot to get Blaine..

    So in La Canfora’s world all the teams are now trading up for who they supposedly want.

  16. ditkadontbutkus says: Apr 27, 2011 12:00 AM

    Would like to see him land in Chicago. He’d be great on our line, and eventually as Kreutz’ successor…

  17. goawayeverybody says: Apr 27, 2011 12:04 AM

    Why would they need to trade up. Likely that no one takes Mike before the 31st pick.

  18. hobartbaker says: Apr 27, 2011 12:09 AM

    Mike Greenberg was misnamed. How perfect would that show be as Mike and Maurkice in the Morning?

  19. whitetail28 says: Apr 27, 2011 12:26 AM

    Really??? Two first round picks on two “interior” lineman?????? Glad its not my team…

  20. indyeagle says: Apr 27, 2011 12:36 AM

    If this story came out about the Bills or the Seahawks or some other terribly run organization, I would believe it. However, Pittsburgh is too smart to tip their hand like this. I’d be willing to be this is a smokescreen to make teams believe that is who they are targeting with a move up so they can get who they actually want.

    Pretty smart way to convince a team that may be targeting the same guy you are to move back in a trade just to lose the guy they really wanted.

  21. driftw00d says: Apr 27, 2011 12:46 AM

    Chemistry among OL is very underrated, the opportunity to pick up a talented player’s talented twin doesn’t occur very often.

  22. ihateannouncers says: Apr 27, 2011 1:53 AM

    I don’t know who this ‘league source’ is , but I doubt Tomlin is giving edicts to Kevin Colbert.

  23. deadeye says: Apr 27, 2011 1:56 AM

    Pittsburgh should trade up with Miami, I guarantee they’d listen.

  24. jollyrob68 says: Apr 27, 2011 1:58 AM

    Make a deal with Miami. Our 31 & Chris k for #15

  25. borisbulldog says: Apr 27, 2011 1:59 AM

    Awesome!

    Now Tomlin needs to exhaust all possibilities to get the 20-30 women Big Jen raped on board as game day cheerleaders!

  26. cup1981 says: Apr 27, 2011 2:17 AM

    If the Black-n-Gold can snag up Nnamdi from Oakland to sure up the corner position, I would be all for this. If not, they have to go Corner with their 1st rounder. They need to resign Ike and get another cover corner on the opposite side first and foremost.

  27. hotdog113 says: Apr 27, 2011 2:19 AM

    Whats with this points rating of draft pics? Do you have to take the value, or supply the value of the pick? If I have the number 1 overall, and I want a player who will drop to say, 32, I can’t just swap 1′s? The other team would have to supply me with the value of the pick?

    Or say a team offers me a first and third for it and I decide its a good deal…would the league stop me from making it unless they offered me more?

  28. loytomaki says: Apr 27, 2011 2:38 AM

    I think this is a favor to Pouncy to get his brother drafted a bit higher. I think they know he will not be there at 31, and if he is they will only take him if he is in fact the top guy available. By leaking this they get more teams thinking of taking him because of the hype, letting other players slip to them.

  29. goforthanddie says: Apr 27, 2011 2:48 AM

    He’d have a pretty good mentor/someone to ride his ass to produce. And having the middle of your O-line set for a decade is a good thing.

  30. foobarfoofoo says: Apr 27, 2011 3:36 AM

    The Patriots seem to prefer Caucasian guys on the OLine, so I highly doubt they would take him.

    Additionally, sounds like a smokescreen from the Steelers. Who drafts guards in the first round (yeah, Logan Mankins was pick #32)? I know how important the OLine is … but guards?

  31. giantrealist says: Apr 27, 2011 5:14 AM

    The Giants would trade out of the 19th spot with the Steelers. Jerry Reese only drafts WRs DEs and DBs with his first pick.

    That is why the Giants’ lines on both sides of the ball are so dang soft.

  32. bigmizz79 says: Apr 27, 2011 5:35 AM

    ggg

  33. tdbragg says: Apr 27, 2011 6:07 AM

    If they do end up making a deal to move up to try and get Pouncey , they better hope hes versatile enough to play corner back as well . Pouncey is a good player but they need a corner much worse .

  34. krow101 says: Apr 27, 2011 6:35 AM

    Right… the Vikes will trade the 12th pick (1200 value points) to the Steelers for their 31st pick (600 VPs) and their 3rd (120) VPs.

    I have a better idea. The Vikes just get the 3rd. That way the Steelers get 2 1st round picks. Wow !!! Ahhhh… sweet fanboy dreams.

  35. steelerfan9598 says: Apr 27, 2011 6:36 AM

    That would be cool. Too costly. Ain’t gonna happen.

  36. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Apr 27, 2011 7:02 AM

    I would rather that the Bucs kept Pouncey at #20, rather than trading the pick. We need a DE desperately, but our OL was in shambles near the end of last year as well.

  37. tigerhebert says: Apr 27, 2011 7:05 AM

    That would be really cool to see two brothers playing side by side in the pros. It’s cool enough that they both are pros, which is pretty uncommon, but the chance for them to be on the same team just doesn’t happen much.

    But I wonder how much they are willing to pay to move up, because he won’t last long.

    Check out my current breakdown of the 1st round, and even win a FREE NFL Team T-shirt http://tigerreport.blogspot.com/

    Enjoy the day PFT

  38. dickroy says: Apr 27, 2011 7:31 AM

    I would love to see my Steelers get Mike Pouncey. I believe a solid offensive line is the most important unit in football. I don’t think, however, that they will trade away any of their later picks to move up, since they only have seven total. Also they need all of those picks because they have needs in the secondary and on the defensive line. I also hope they can find a running back in the later rounds.

  39. canetic says: Apr 27, 2011 7:51 AM

    It would be great if they traded Maurkice to the Dolphins and used the 15th pick to draft Mike.

  40. pervyharvin says: Apr 27, 2011 8:50 AM

    Tomlin wants the Pouncey bros to play together…..how sweet. Make me puke.

  41. semperfi24 says: Apr 27, 2011 8:52 AM

    All this tells me is that the Steelers have ZERO interest in Pouncey, and they are hoping a team will fall for it and draft him in the first round (so that they dont have to). Then they dont have to tell their Pouncey that they didnt want his brother…

    What would really be funny is if the Steelers dont make any trade, and Pouncey is on the board when they are on the clock, LMFAO, then they have to pick him, since they are so in love with him. Then the 2 Pounceys can full mouth to mouth man kiss again

  42. brutus9448 says: Apr 27, 2011 9:13 AM

    the phins will make the trade if he’s still there at 15

  43. rabidbillsfan says: Apr 27, 2011 10:37 AM

    I wish people would stop commenting about something they know nothing about. Trade back 19 spots and pick up one extra pick? Idiot… Draft picks have a “points” value, to form a possible trade, you would have to offer something that has a higher points total than what your looking for. Now these are imaginary points so dont go google-ing it, and they flucuate year to year based on draft classes. If the Steelers were to trade up 19 spots in the first round they would need to atleast include their 1st, 2nd, and possibly 3rd round pick (if no player trades are permissable) then hope that the picks they offer line up with the team they are trading too’s draft board. That’s a kings ransom for an aging team.

  44. originalsteelcurtain says: Apr 27, 2011 12:32 PM

    While trying to decide who is the bigger moron here between borisbulldog, semperfi24, or pervyharvin, let me make this point:

    Mike Pouncey has more value to the Steelers than for any other team.

    The reason is because he and Maurkice are twins.

    Most twins have a special connection and these 2 obviously do. They practically share a brain and would move lock-in-step to the Pro Bowl every year.

    It will be expensive to trade-up to #15, (#31 and #63), but given the wash-out rate of 1st rounders, the move-up will be well worth it, IMO.

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