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Countdown to draft: Mike Pouncey

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:

MIKE POUNCEY

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Guard-center, Florida

Height/weight: 6-5/303

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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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