Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Oh, brother, don't do it
Maybe Coors can make a new "twins" commercial with the Pouncey brothers both wearing black and gold Speedos.
As unsettling as that sounds, it's the least of the reasons why the Steelers should not trade up in the draft to get Mike Pouncey.
Rumors are flying around this morning that the Steelers want to move up in the first round to take Pouncey, the guard from Florida and twin brother of Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.
Maurkice Pouncey kicked ass as a rookie. So I could see why the Steelers might have googly eyes for someone who looks just like him.
The word is that if Pouncey slips to No. 20 in the first round, the Steelers might try to make a trade with Tampa Bay, which owns that pick. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is close with Buccaneers' coach Raheem Morris.
Making that trade wouldn't completely gut this year's draft like a trade into the top 10. According to the draft pick value chart, to get the 20th pick, the Steelers would have to give up their first and third round picks this year and maybe a third round pick next year.
If the Steelers pulled the trigger and got Pouncey at No. 20, they'd have just one more pick in the first three rounds. Not good for a team that needs to get younger on defense.
Sure, it would be cool to have brothers on the same team. But this is the NFL, not Pop Warner. The Steelers don't go to Friendly's after the game.
I don't think the Steelers will let sentiment get in the way of ensuring that they remain an elite team in the coming years.
Posted by Mike Batista at 11:03 AM