2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

by Cory J. Bonini on March 1, 2012 @ 17:19:46 PDT


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.

Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
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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