Patriots never got a chance to Pounce

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey thought there was a good chance the New England Patriots would select him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He had visited with Bill Belichick three times and also taken a visit to Gillette Stadium. Few teams had shown such intense interest in the pre-draft process.

But the Patriots didn't have a chance to select Pouncey because the Steelers pounced with the 18th overall pick. While the Patriots didn't get Maurkice -- one of the NFL's top rookie performers in 2010 -- they could now target his identical twin brother Mike, who is a top-rated interior lineman in this year's draft.

"He is a heck of a player," Maurkice Pouncey said this afternoon at Super Bowl Media Day. "If teams don't see that on film, then I don't know what they are looking at."

One of the knocks on Mike Pouncey is that he struggled with the shotgun snap in 2010 as he moved from guard to center to replace Maurkice at Florida. But Maurkice believes those were standard type issues for any first-year center.

Maurkice Pouncey has been a big story here at the Super Bowl after he sustained a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship against the Jets. He is not expected to play in the Super Bowl but is holding out hope that he has a chance.

As for his pre-draft meetings with Belichick last year, Pouncey smiled.

"He was a joking-around kind of dude," he said. "I don't know why everybody takes him so seriously."