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SEC linemen missing-in-action at Senior Bowl

Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:10 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The Senior Bowl is one of those unique events that draws interest from both NFL diehards and college football fanatics, the former scoping out the next wave of professional stars and the latter getting one last look at some of the college game's brightest stars. CBS is covering the event accordingly, with plenty of coverage over at our NFL Draft homepage .

But as of this afternoon, there's a pair of prominent names from the SEC 's lines-of-scrimmage you won't see appearing as part of that coverage. One of them is fearsome LSU defensive tackle Drake Nevis, a first-team All-SEC selection this season who finished second only to Nick Fairley amongst league tackles in both tackles-for-loss and sacks.

That performance was enough to put Nevis on the first-round radar (if not into the first 32 picks in the current CBS mock draft ). But a "minor foot injury" has hampered his preparations for the draft and today he officially withdrew from taking part in the Senior Bowl. Nevis has continued to work out and will reportedly take full part in the upcoming NFL combine despite the injury, but he will not be able to improve his stock this week in Mobile.

The same will go for Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey, who after initially accepting his invitation to participate has now elected not to appear in the Senior Bowl or take part in the week's practices. His reasoning is unclear at this time, but after a disappointing senior season that saw the preseason all-conference selection struggle mightily with a conversion to center from his preferred guard position, it no doubt won't help his standing in the eyes of the scouts.

That doesn't mean he won't find an enthusiastic taker somewhere -- his brother Maurkice Pouncey was a first-round draft choice last year who'll take the field in the Super Bowl for the Pittsburgh Steelers -- but it nonetheless seems like a missed opportunity for the longtime Gator stalwart.


Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:05 pm

SEC linemen missing-in-action at Senior Bowl

Pouncey is never going to drop all the way to the Steelers due to the success of his brother there are many NFL teams that would love to have him. thank the genetics

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:20 pm

SEC linemen missing-in-action at Senior Bowl

That would not be fair. The Steelers would win every Super Bowl from now on.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:20 pm

SEC linemen missing-in-action at Senior Bowl

I am right there with you IAMROUSCH.  I am hoping the Pounchey#2 drops to us.  But I was hoping after Marino's bad year in 1983 at Pitt, he would fall to us at #20.  Of course he did but we were too stupid to draft him and opted for Gab Rivera instead.....doh!!!
PLEASE TAKE THE DOUBLE POUNCEY!!!!!  Would love to see GB get the Double Matthews at #31 also.....YEP #31!!!

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:45 pm

SEC linemen missing-in-action at Senior Bowl

Honestly, I'd love to see Mike Pouncey's stock continue to drop... all the way to the Steelers at #32. Not only do we desperately need help on the O-line but in drafting a 2nd Pouncey we'd give ourselves a better chance at keeping both over the long run. He's not a natural at center- which is fine for Pittsburgh since they've already got Maurkice. But if we could start Mike in two weeks instead of EITHER current guard I'd gladly make that trade.

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