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By Mike Wilkening

Florida C Maurkice Pouncey was the clear-cut top prospect at his position in this draft. At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, he has outstanding size, but he also has good athleticism for the position; PFW's 2010 Draft Guide noted that he "gets out to the second level quickly and tees off on linebackers."

Pouncey should be a very good fit for the Steelers. While current starting C Justin Hartwig is serviceable, Pouncey should be able to supplant him. If Hartwig were able to keep his job, Pouncey could also factor in at right guard. Either way, it's hard to see Pouncey not starting in his first season.

The Steelers' offensive line has been roundly criticized in recent years for allowing too many sacks, as well as Pittsburgh's struggles in short-yardage situations, so it's no surprise Pittsburgh addressed the line early in this draft. Pouncey's biggest impact could come in helping the Steelers to better match up with 3-4 fronts that feature big, space-eating nose tackles.

 

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