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Dontari Poe Scouting Report

Position: DT
Conference: AAC
School: Memphis Tigers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #74
Height & Weight: 6'5 - 350 lbs.
Draft Prediction: First Round
Drafted 1.11 in 2012 by KC

2012 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

This massive prospect out of Conference USA could challenge to be the nose tackle taken in the 2012 NFL Draft. Poe is an absolute force in the middle, occupying multiple blockers and holding his ground to limit running room. He is explosive off the line for his size and can collapse the pocket in on the quarterback.

Poe will need to work on his conditioning if he wants to contribute on every down. With that in mind, Poe can power through double teams at times. He's strong enough in his upper body to grab hold of backs and bring them down with one arm. NFL scouts are going to want to see him develop more pass rush moves to split double teams and attack different gaps.

Poe's quick feet give him good burst in tight spaces. Finds the running lane and breaks down quickly to slow down the ball-carrier. He's rarely beaten off the line and uses his long arms to initiate contact and leverage.

After an excellent combine, there is talk that Poe could be taken in the first half of the first round. That's a bit optimistic, but he's certainly solidified his place as a top defensive tackle prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Last Updated Feb-29-2012 by Matt De Lima

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Prediction: 1st Round

I don't think it is crazy to see Poe picked in the top half of the first rd after his workout at the combine. I wouldn't mind hearing his name called as the Chiefs top pick. He not only would be a perfect fit in Romeo's 3-4, he would also help 2 other former 1st rd picks (Glenn Dorsey & Tyson Jackson) to reach their potential. The Chiefs d made huge strides last year (especially linebackers Derrick Johnson & Javon Belcher), and a solid presence in the middle would be icing on the cake....and the return of Eric Berry would be the cherry on top!

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Nthetrenches 03/04/12 10:47 PM
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