The Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey is featured on NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah's list of the top 10 NFL players under 25, along with NaVorro Bowman, A.J. Green, Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy, Von Miller, Cam Newton, Jason Pierre-Paul, Aldon Smith and Matthew Stafford. Here's what Jeremiah has to say about Pouncey:â†µ
Pouncey has put together two dominant seasons for the Steelers and established himself as the top center in the NFL. The Jets' Nick Mangold and the Panthers' Ryan Kalil are both outstanding but neither possesses Pouncey's combination of size and athletic ability. He has the strength to anchor in pass protection and the power to create movement at the point of attack in the run game. He is outstanding at the second level. He can adjust and pick off linebackers with very little effort. He should be the top player at his position for a very long time.â†µ
With the additions of David DeCastro and Mike Adams to Pouncey and fellow youngster Marcus Gilbert, the Steelers' offensive line is coming together quickly, and Pouncey is its anchor.â†µ
Another Steeler, Rashard Mendenhall, is in the "just missed the cut" category. So are a few other AFC North players in Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and defensive tackle Geno Atkins and Browns corner Joe Haden.â†µ
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