UF's offensive lineage in the NFL


Maurkice Pouncey, left, and brother Mike.

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Published: Monday, June 27, 2011 at 4:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 27, 2011 at 4:35 p.m.

UPDATE: Jeff Mitchell and Cal Dixon were omitted from this list when it was first published, but the two centers who played for Florida in the 90s have been added.

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The Pouncey Twins gave the Gators a rare double pleasure while they were at Florida. Maurkice and Mike Pouncey were both All-American offensive linemen and were both taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.

The Pounceys are the latest in a long line of UF O-linemen who were drafted into the NFL. Here's a breakdown of the 27 players picked since the NFL merger was completed in 1970 ...

Mike Pouncey: Drafted 15th overall in the first round in 2011 by the Miami Dolphins.

Marcus Gilbert: Drafted 63rd overall in the second round in 2011 by the Pittsburgh Steelers

Maurice Hurt: Drafted 217th overall in the seventh round in 2011 by the Washington Redskins.

Maurkice Pouncey: Drafted 18th overall in the first round in 2010 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Was named to the Pro Bowl and received two votes for Offensive Rookie of the Year, a rarity for offensive linemen.

Max Starks: Drafted 75th overall in the third round in 2004 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Started in two Super Bowls (XL in Jan. 2006 and XLIII in Jan. 2009).




Mike Pearson: Drafted 40th overall in the second round in 2002 by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Started at left tackle for the Jags for 31 consecutive games until a knee injury derailed his career in 2004. He was released by Jacksonville in 2005 and did not play another NFL game.

Kenyatta Walker: Drafted 14th overall in the first round in 2001 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs used their second-round pick to trade up with the intention of making Walker their left tackle but he was switched to right tackle (the position he played for the Gators) after his rookie year. Even though he started in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 and started 73 of his 75 games, Walker was considered a disappointment by many. He was released after the 2006 season and failed to catch on with another NFL team.

Cooper Carlisle: Drafted 112th overall in the fourth round in 2000 by the Denver Broncos. The durable Carlisle moved to guard in the pros and played seven seasons for Denver before playing four seasons for the Oakland Raiders. He turns 34 this August and appears to be headed for free agency, as the Raider are not expected to bring him back.

Zach Piller: Drafted 81st overall in the third round in 1999 by the Tennessee Titans. Piller moved to guard in the pros and started 58 of 87 games for the Titans. He was released after the 2006 season and was not able to catch on with another NFL team.

Mo Collins: Drafted 23rd overall in the first round in 1998 by the Oakland Raiders. Collins played tackle and guard over six seasons with the Raiders, starting 64 of 71 games.

Jeff Mitchell: Drafted 134th overall in the fifth round in 1997 by the Baltimore Ravens. Mitchell didn't play at all in his rookie season but them became a starter and remained as such for the rest of his nine-year career. He played three seasons for the Ravens and won a championship ring in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. Mitchell then played five seasons for the Carolina Panthers and started in Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. Mitchell's career ended in 2005 amid multiple reports of steroid use, although he never tested positive.

Jason Odom: Drafted 96th overall in the fourth round in 1996 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Odom started 41 of 46 career games at left tackle over four seasons but battled injuries in his brief career.

Reggie Green: Drafted 184th overall in the sixth round in 1996 by the Seattle Seahawks. Green did not make the Seahawks' roster or play a game in the NFL.

Cal Dixon: Drafted 127th overall in the fifth round in 1992 by the New York Jets. Dixon played in 66 career games, highlighted by making all 12 of his career starts in 1995. He finished his career as a backup with the Miami Dolphins in 1996.

Tony Rowell: Drafted 156th overall in the sixth round in 1992 by the Los Angeles Raiders. Rowell did not make the Raiders' roster or play a game in the NFL.

Hesham Ismail: Drafted 206th overall in the eighth round in 1992 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ismail did not make the Steelers' roster or play a game in the NFL.

David Williams: Drafted 23rd overall in the first round in 1989 by the Houston Oilers. In nine NFL seasons Williams never made the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl but was a solid offensive tackle. He started 106 of 128 career games and spent the final two seasons of his career with the New York Jets.

Bob Sims: Drafted 162nd overall in the sixth round in 1988 by the New Orleans Saints. Sims did not make the Saints' roster or play a game in the NFL.

Jeff Zimmerman: Drafted 68th overall in the third round in 1987 by the Dallas Cowboys. Zimmerman played in 34 games over four seasons for the Cowboys.

Lomas Brown: Drafted sixth overall in the first round in 1985 by the Detroit Lions. Brown in a candidate for the NFL Hall of Fame after an 18-year career that included seven straight Pro Bowl seasons from 1990-96. Brown started 251 of 263 career games, playing for 11 seasons with the Lions, three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, two seasons with the New York Giants and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with whom he won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 before he retired.

Crawford Ker: Drafted 76th overall in the third round in 1985 by the Dallas Cowboys. Ker played six seasons at guard for the Cowboys, starting 86 of 91 regular-season games. He joined the Denver Broncos in 1991 but was injured and never played a down before he retired.

Billy Hinson: Drafted 139th overall in the fifth round in 1985 by the Denver Broncos. Hinson did not make the Broncos' roster or play a game in the NFL.

John Hunt: Drafted 232nd overall in the ninth round in 1984 by the Dallas Cowboys. Hunt played in two games for the Cowboys, making one start. He resurfaced three years later to play in one game for the 1987 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dan Fike: Drafted 274th overall in the 10th round in 1983 by the New York Jets. Fike began his career with two seasons on the Jets' practice squad before he defied the odds to become a starter and enjoy a nine-year career. Fike played eight seasons, starting mostly at guard and tackle, for the Cleveland Brown before finishing his career with one season in Pittsburgh.

Don Swafford: Drafted 178th overall in the 10th round in 1979 by the Philadelphia Eagles. Swafford did not make the Eagles' roster or play a game in the NFL.

Mark Totten: Drafted 259th overall in the 10th round in 1978 by the Green Bay Packers. Totten did not make the Packers' roster or play a game in the NFL.

Gerald Loper: Drafted 332nd overall in the 12th round in 1976 by the San Francisco 49ers. Loper did not make the 'Niners' roster or play a game in the NFL.

Mike Williams: Drafted 356th overall in the 13th round in 1976 by the Atlanta Falcons. Williams did not make the Falcons' roster or play a game in the NFL.

Burton Lawless: Drafted 44th overall in the second round in 1976 by the Dallas Cowboys. Lawless played five years at guard for the Cowboys. He spent one season in Detroit after being traded to the Lions.

Malcolm Steen: Drafted 250th overall in the 10th round in 1970 by the San Diego Chargers. Steen did not make the Chargers' roster or play a game in the NFL.

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