Today’s visiting draft prospects included Florida C Mike Pouncey and Pittsburgh DE Greg Romeus.
Pouncey has received a significant amount of attention relating to his twin brother, Maurkice, who is the starting C for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Said Pouncey of his brother, “We’re fierce competitors, obviously. Everything he accomplished I want to do the same thing and even better. I know I’m a great player and I’m just hoping to be one of the top guys taken this year.”
The brothers went to Florida together, with Maurkice entering the NFL Draft one year before Mike. With the absence of Maurkice, Mike moved to center after playing guard for the previous three seasons.
His hope is to be drafted as a center.
Pouncey on his first college game at center: “I knew all the line calls, it was just tough after the first game. I went out and had a bad game. I felt like crap. I told myself when I left the locker room I’d never play like that again. Since that game I had a great season.”
As for his impressions of Detroit, Pouncey says he had a good visit.
Pouncey: “I loved the facilities, it’s a nice town and I just love the whole visit, meeting with the coaching staff and everyone.”
Romeus was a three-year starter at Pittsburgh before he suffered a torn ACL and sat out the majority of the 2010 season. He had 19 career sacks with the Panthers and considers himself a tough player who likes to get to the quarterback.
Romeus: “The Lions’ defense is much different compared to other defenses that I’ve seen. It works. I love the way their scheme is presented with the way they’re playing and just the hustling that they have on the field. It would be a great fit for me.”
Romeus played just one season of high school football, but considers his lack of time playing the game a strength rather than a weakness.
“I don’t have too many bad habits and my body is still fresh,” he said. “I think it helps me – I’ll be able to soak up the new things that I learn.”
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