Iupati vs. Pouncey
If we end up taking two O-Linemen the First Round, are we better off taking Mike Iupati or Maurkice Pouncey? Say we've already taken Anthony Davis or Bulaga at 13, and management has decided we need to take another Offensive Lineman, which one would you take?
I would go with Pouncey because he can play all three interior positions and can play RT in a pinch. Pouncey also played against elite competition at Florida, and is well-experienced in the shotgun/spread offense. Furthermore, I envision the value of centers going up over the next five years due to the growth of the 3-4 defense (you need a badass C to counter a quality NT -- Pouncey lined up against Terrence Cody and Dan Williams in college many times). Pouncey is polished enough to start as a rookie at guard and cvan jump in at Center if Heitmann gets hurt...he may even be able to push him for his job. Pouncey (and his twin brother) are as polished as they come, winning a HS National Championship, getting tagged as a top recruit, and winning a national championship as a sophomore.
Iupati has more of an upside for playing tackle, although he's never played the position. He also played at a small school against inferior competition. Iupati cannot play center either.
The bottom line is that Pouncey is polished, has the pedigree, and can play center -- low ceiling. Iupati is VERY rough around the edges and may not be able to be a quality starter for 2 - 3 years, but could end up being a dominant RT.
But if we've already draft an OT at 13, why do we need somebody else to play tackle?
[ Edited by nickbradley on Apr 20, 2010 at 8:38 AM ]