Cowboys to draft Mike Pouncey?
Scouts Inc.: Pouncey to Cowboys?
Taking Mike Pouncey ninth overall would be a mistake based on the Cowboys' needs and the positional value of centers, Steve Muench writes. Blog
"Headed back to Pittsburgh ... would be shocked if i wasn't in a dallas uniform nxt year! The draft is april 28th so we will see ... To all the steelers fans i would love to be playing for the steelers and if i had a choice i would but it isnt my choice," Pouncey posted on his Twitter account Wednesday.
Pouncey's twin brother Maurkice, also a center, was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2010 draft.
The Cowboys have been projected in several mock drafts to take either USC tackle Tyron Smith or Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara, but two recent mock drafts conducted by ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, respectively, have the Cowboys taking Smith.
It would be interesting if the Cowboys do pick a center/guard over a tackle. Despite going to the Pro Bowl last season, center Andre Gurode has knee issues that concern the organization, and left guard Kyle Kosier is a free agent. While Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett would like to bring Kosier back, his age -- he turns 33 in November -- could be cause for concern. Pouncey would certainly allow Dallas to get younger at the center position.
Meanwhile, Leonard Davis is the other guard, and while he didn't have his best season, it seems likely he would return in 2011.
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.