Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe is coming off a strong Scouting Combine and looks to be one of the first D-linemen chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft. The junior racked up 33 tackles and a sack in 2011.
More than a work warrior?
- Imposing size (6-foot-4, 346 pounds)
- Easily beats one-on-ones
- Explosive initial burst
- Looks to strip ball carriers
- Breaks down pretty well for his size
- Powerful tackler with quality wrap-up skills
- Strong bull rush
- Showed improvement in pass-defense awareness
- Extremely athletic, with lateral agility
- Versatile enough to play nose tackle or defensive end in a 3-4
- Respected teammate, hard worker, easy to coach
- Plenty of upside
- Workout freak but didn't particularly translate it to the field
- Has a hard time disengaging from blockers
- Tends to take plays off and has conditioning concerns late in games
- Plays with too high of a pad level and loses anchor because of his height
- Limited repertoire of hand-combat moves and technique
- Short arms (31 5/8 inches) for his height
- Raw, boom-or-bust prospect based on workout numbers in relation to his play and production
Expected draft placement
Poe is probably a late first-round pick in April. The Carolina Panthers (No. 9), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 24) and New England Patriots (No. 27, No. 31) are all in the mix for his services.
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