The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey.
Strengths: Pouncey has pretty good athleticism for an interior lineman, and should be able to make the transition to the NFL relatively seamlessly. We know that he has good bloodlines, his brother Maurkice made the Pro Bowl in his rookie year for the Steelers last year. It's not easy for an interior lineman to make it up this high in the draft, so he has to be pretty darn good.
Weaknesses: I'm not sure Mike has any weaknesses, but we have heard that he might not be quite as good as his brother is. Whether that means that he has to play guard or center, we're not quite sure. But I'm not sure I would say he has very many actual "weaknesses." He seems to be a pretty complete player.
Redskins Fit: As we all know, the Redskins have a lot of holes on their offensive line. Pouncey would be an upgrade to each of the three positions that he could potentially play at the next level. I'm not sure center/guard is the Redskins biggest need, but Pouncey would be a solid player for the 'Skins if they choose to take him.
Where He Might Be Drafted: I've seen Pouncey projected to go anywhere from the Redskins at No. 10 overall to the late first round. It's hard to peg where a guard might go in the first round because there are teams out there that probably won't give a player at that position a first round grade. But I would expect him to be off the board for sure by the time the Redskins pick again in the second round.