As part of the online coverage leading up to the NFL draft, The Sun will look at prospects who could be available for the Ravens with the 26th overall pick:
Key statistics: Started 45 games at Florida, including 28 at guard, 13 at center and four on the defensive line.
Pro Football Weekly ranking: Fourth among all offensive linemenWhy Ravens should draft him: The Ravens need to start looking to the future at center, where 34-year-old Matt Birk is entering the final year of his contract. Pouncey showed he can handle one-on-one matchups with big bodies, battling Alabama's Marcell Dareus. He brings strong bloodlines (his brother Maurkice starts at center for Pittsburgh) and a passion for the game.
What should concern Ravens: After converting to center in his senior season, Pouncey never grew comfortable snapping the ball and short-snapped out of the shotgun on occasion. While he's considered a safe pick because of the success of his brother, Mike Pouncey doesn't have the same feel for the game.
What they're saying: "He's not a wonderful athlete, but is a wonderful football player. I like him more at guard than center." – Mike Mayock, NFL Network draft analyst
Interaction with Ravens: Met with Ravens coach John Harbaugh at the NFL combine in February.
Bottom line: There's a chance that Pouncey could slip to the Ravens, but it's not a particularly good one. He could get drafted in the top 20 by Miami (No. 15), New England (No. 17) and New York Giants (No. 19). Pouncey might not be a great fit for the Ravens, who are looking for a young center than a guard. The Ravens have Ben Grubbs at left guard and probably want to move Marshal Yanda back to right guard. But Pouncey will draw interest from the Ravens because he is a high-character, low-risk prospect.
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