After having dinner in the city with his family and agent, Mike Pouncey walked the red carpet at ESPN The Magazine’s pre-draft party on Wednesday night.
He posed with brother Maurkice (the twins really are hard to tell apart) for the cameras and was all smiles. Hours before the draft, the Florida center was soaking in New York City and said he would love to remain here with the Giants.
Indications are that the Giants are targeting an offensive tackle with USC’s Tyron Smith, Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo, Colorado’s Nate Solder and Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi all on the Giants’ board. Smith is expected to be gone so it could come down to Castonzo, Carimi and Solder.
Alabama running back Mark Ingram and Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget could also tempt the Giants if they are there at 19.
Pouncey, though, has been a popular choice for the Giants in many mock drafts because of their need for a healthy center at the moment.
“That's where I'm expected to go but wherever I end up, I will be glad to play for," Pouncey said last night of being a popular pick at 19. "I think if I fall to 19, this would be a great place to be. I love the fans here, they have my support and I would love to be a New York Giant.”
Pouncey, who could be snatched up at 15 by the Dolphins, has been hearing from Giants fans on Twitter and in the city about how he needs to be a Giant.
“They love me,” Pouncey said with a big smile. “I got the fan base behind me. So we’ll see tonight. Everybody wants me to be a Giant. I wouldn’t mind being a Giant.”
When asked about the Dolphins, Pouncey said it would be nice to stay in the state of Florida.
“It’s Florida, it be hometown, close to hometown, I’d love to play in Florida but I would love to play for any NFL team,” Pouncey said with a big smile. “It’s a whole entire dream for me.”