Dontari Poe Player ProfilePosted: March 4, 2012
Dontari Poe, Memphis, DT
Combine 40: 4.98
Combine Bench: 44
Combine Vertical: 29.5
First Word: Every year the NFL combine has winners and losers, this year one of its biggest winners was Poe. Poe went from being a second or third round pick to being considered for top ten selection.
Read more after the jump.
Player Bio: Poe grew up in Memphis. Rivals ranked Poe as a 2 star defensive tackle out of high school. He became a starter during his freshman year at Memphis. After his junior year Poe declared himself eligible for the NFL draft in 2012.
Notable Achievements: He was chosen as C-USA All-Freshman team in 2009. In 2010 he was an honorable mention All- C-USA team. As a senior he was 2nd team All C-USA and an honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly.
Projected Draft Status: 1st Round
- Players like Poe who have had dramatic rises up the draft board are challenging to predict. As of right now Poe is garnering first round consideration, perhaps even top 10.
Other Possible Early DT Picks: Michael Brockers, Devin Still, Fletcher Cox, Quinton Coples
- Freshman: 11 Games, 6 Games Started 27 Tot, 7 TFL, 2 Sacks, 3 FF
- Sophomore: 12 Games Started, 41 Tot, 6.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 3 FF
- Junior: 12 Games Started, 33 Tot, 8 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 FF
- Total: 35 total games, 101 Tot, 21.5 TFL, 5 Sacks, 7 FF
- Highlight #1 – Dontari Poe vs. Arkansas State – www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0IaNI-3sw4
Strengths (in buzzwords):
- Space Eater
- Collapses Pocket
Weaknesses (in buzzwords):
- Positional Discipline
- Big Game Experience
- It is not often that an individual that weighs over 340 lbs. is considered versatile, but Poe is deserving of that label because he is a special athlete. He is capable of playing NT and DE in a 3-4 along with DT, NT, and DE (in some circumstances) in a 4-3. Poe’s combination of strength and speed make him a difficult match up for most single offensive linemen. While he may never fill a state sheet like a Suh or Sapp, Poe is capable of changing games and disrupting both passing and running plays much like Vince Wilfork does for the Patriots. In terms of draft position Poe could be taken as early as #8 to the Dolphins and could arguably be drafted by any number of teams including the Panthers at #9, the Chiefs at #11, the Seahawks at #12 in the first half of round 1. On the other hand the current wave of positive momentum he is riding could subside and he could be drafted in the latter part of round 1 to Denver at #25 or San Francisco at #30. At this point it is safe to say Poe is a first round prospect, but what remains unclear is where in the first round.
*This player profile was written by Ryan Craig of Beyond Football Madness.