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Dontari Poe is scary

Dontari Poe, Chris Relf, Jimmy Robinson AP

Robert Griffin III won the press conference. Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe could be winning the Combine on the field.

The 346-pounder has put together a crazy combination of size and strength at Lucas Oil Field.

The Memphis product put up 44 reps at 225 pounds, which was the most of any player at the Combine. That was impressive, but not shocking. Poe’s times while running on Monday were more eye-opening.

Poe ran an “unofficial” 4.87 forty-yard dash. That is a preposterous number for a man that big. Poe’s 1.7 ten-yard split is even more telling and more impressive.

Many 3-4 teams will see Poe as a nose tackle. That’s probably where he will get drafted, but Monday’s workout shows that Poe could be moved around in a variety of defensive line positions on a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

While Poe didn’t play quite like a top-20 pick in college just yet, he was already seen as a first round pick. This workout should push him into the top 20 or higher. Athletic 3-4 nose tackles don’t come along every year.

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56 Responses to “Dontari Poe is scary”
  1. fijabbersman345 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:18 PM

    In other news, the Raiders are working their phonesto send their next four drafts to the Colts so they can draft Poe #1 overall…

  2. dolphins4 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:19 PM

    The Eagles will draft him because they always draft linemen with the 1st pick in the draft and they love players who impress at the combine.

  3. shackdelrio says: Feb 27, 2012 12:19 PM

    He can play the 4-3 also. He will be a good option for Carolina at 9.

  4. mitchitized says: Feb 27, 2012 12:22 PM

    Dadgummit Dontari, you were supposed to tank the sprints and shuttles, so you would be available at 24!

  5. chocolatebaconbutter says: Feb 27, 2012 12:23 PM

    “I hope the [insert random team here] get him!”

  6. snowpea84 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:23 PM

    Has this combination ever worked out? Workout warrior with poor production. Especially when it comes to larger DT’s.

  7. flapjackdaddy says: Feb 27, 2012 12:25 PM

    As early as 9 no later than 18.

  8. billmead1976 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:29 PM

    if i say a 350 guy that looked like him running at me , no matter what speed, i’d be scared too.

  9. badrad1532 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:29 PM

    I wish draft day was this week……….

  10. ebeg420 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:30 PM

    Mike Mamula owned the Combine too.

  11. clayton43 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:30 PM

    I was hoping that maybe he woudl be sick or ill at the combine so that he would be around for the Steelers at # 24… not anymore … Looks like we are going ot have to go ILB or OL with first pick and then NT in second round

  12. dionoil says: Feb 27, 2012 12:30 PM

    Always be wary of workout stars

  13. Soulman45 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:33 PM

    Frist to say
    He should be moving up some draft boards maybe top 20.

  14. ravenator says: Feb 27, 2012 12:34 PM

    Steelers will be clamoring for this guy, they wont get him.

  15. vegaskid21 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:34 PM

    I just choked on my sandwich!! A 350 pound man ran a 4.87 – 40 yard dash?! That to me is more impressive than the 44 reps, (which is impressive as well) I hope the Bucs are paying attention!!!

  16. puckthefatriots says: Feb 27, 2012 12:36 PM

    enough of the Mike Mamula references…Vernon Gholston anyone?

  17. eaglesw00t says: Feb 27, 2012 12:37 PM

    I would take him as a 4-3 team too. He is entirely too athletic to be delegated to only a NT position.

  18. eaglesw00t says: Feb 27, 2012 12:38 PM

    dolphins4 says:
    Feb 27, 2012 12:19 PM
    The Eagles will draft him because they always draft linemen with the 1st pick in the draft and they love players who impress at the combine.
    ——————————-

    Thats the second player Ive seen you make this comment about.

    Please, enlighten everyone as to what players the Eagles selected that “impressed at the combine”

    Im waiting…

  19. jbpanthers says: Feb 27, 2012 12:40 PM

    Panthers.

  20. gbpackman says: Feb 27, 2012 12:44 PM

    Packers franchise Flynn, trade to Browns for their #4 and draft this dude. Our D problems started with no pass rush. This guy is a freak. Then use our late first on Strong side linebacker.

  21. linvillegorge says: Feb 27, 2012 12:45 PM

    There was a lot of talk about the Panthers taking Brockers at #9. If we go DT, I’d take Poe over Brockers all day everyday. The Panthers really want another Kris Jenkins and Poe looks like the far more likely of the two to be that type of player IMO. 19 reps for Brockers as a DT? Get outta here…

  22. jakek2 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    Giants’ fan here. Can someone wake me at 3 a.m. or so when we’re finally on the clock. Thanks.

  23. realitypolice says: Feb 27, 2012 12:50 PM

    Oh, boy.

    I just have to shake my head every time I read about a player who “didn’t play like a top 20 pick in college just yet” (by the way, what do you mean ‘just yet’? does he have more college games coming up?) but his “workout should push him into the top 20 or higher”.

    When will people ever learn? All a guy this strong and fast not actually PLAYING like a top pick tells me is that he isn’t very talented. A player with this combination of quickness and brute strength should have absolutely dominated at his level of competition and we should have been talking about him like a top 10 pick BEFORE the combine.

    That fact that nobody had a guy this athletic ranked very high is more of a warning sign than anything in my book.

  24. realitypolice says: Feb 27, 2012 12:52 PM

    eaglesw00t says:
    Feb 27, 2012 12:38 PM
    dolphins4 says:
    Feb 27, 2012 12:19 PM
    The Eagles will draft him because they always draft linemen with the 1st pick in the draft and they love players who impress at the combine.
    ——————————-

    Thats the second player Ive seen you make this comment about.

    Please, enlighten everyone as to what players the Eagles selected that “impressed at the combine”

    Im waiting…
    =================

    You must be very young. Google “Mike Mamula”.

  25. jasncondit says: Feb 27, 2012 12:55 PM

    I’m a Lions fan and it would be hilarious if we drafted another DT like we did WR’s. :)

  26. shackdelrio says: Feb 27, 2012 12:57 PM

    “ebeg420 says:
    Feb 27, 2012 12:30 PM
    Mike Mamula owned the Combine too.”

    Mamula was also a 248 pound defensive end. He was undersized for the position and that was a factor in his numerous injuries.

    And for as much flak as Mamula catches for being a “combine warrior”, he still ended up with 31.5 career sacks in only five seasons.

  27. yevrag3535 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:59 PM

    Steelers suck at 24 or at 1. Seems that they are done….

  28. oside760 says: Feb 27, 2012 1:00 PM

    the chargers would be smart to get him.. OH WAIT… the chargers arent smart when it comes to drafting, so theres no way

  29. dexterismyhero says: Feb 27, 2012 1:02 PM

    Can he throw the football?

  30. cannonballdookie says: Feb 27, 2012 1:03 PM

    Guess he won’t be falling to the Steelers…

  31. darthsat says: Feb 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    I actually wish the eagles took combine freaks of late. We could have JPP on our roster over Brandon Graham had the eagles drafted on combine metrics.

  32. tropboi11 says: Feb 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    Vegaskid, are you kidding me? You hope the Bucs are paying attention? We have the 5th overall pick, we will be taking cb Morris Claiborne even thou I want Trent Richardson. But this beast of a man wont be around by the 2nd round.

  33. coutre says: Feb 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    Test him. Immediately.

  34. whatnojets says: Feb 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    This guy is so scary that he made me pee in my pants!

  35. BrownsTown says: Feb 27, 2012 1:22 PM

    Forget the Malamula, Maybin, and Gholston references. How about Dewayne Robertson DT, Jets, 2003 #4 overall?

  36. jakek2 says: Feb 27, 2012 1:23 PM

    Yawwwnnnnnnnnn. My team is picking last in the round. That’s what happens when you bring home hardware. I’ll let all of you serfs till the fields in my kingdom debating whether to move up from 12 to 9 to pick the next tub of lard who will still get nowhere near to King Eli.

  37. Mr. C says: Feb 27, 2012 1:26 PM

    I think this guy would be a great pick for Dallas at #14. Ratliff has always been a little undersized for the nose tackle spot. Poe pushing up the middle not allowing the QB to step up, with Ware coming around the edge will help our DB situation.

  38. raven410 says: Feb 27, 2012 1:39 PM

    He’s going to the Jets at # 16.

  39. eaglesw00t says: Feb 27, 2012 1:39 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Feb 27, 2012 12:52 PM
    You must be very young. Google “Mike Mamula”.

    ———————————–

    No, Im not at all really…I have had season tickets since 1991, and watched every game Mike Mamula played as an Eagle.

    But you know what? Andy Reid, Joe Banner, and Howie Accountant had nothing to do with the 1995 Philadelphia Eagles.

    Do you really have to go back almost 20 years to make a point out of an ignorant statement?

    Thats just sad. Seriously.

  40. osnap305 says: Feb 27, 2012 1:41 PM

    I was hoping he’d be available to the Raiders in the 3rd round

  41. all4patriots says: Feb 27, 2012 1:42 PM

    Edgar Allen Poe was scarier

    who knows… could this guy be a Raven?

    /rimshot

  42. markpfs says: Feb 27, 2012 1:55 PM

    i can see the Bills taking this guy at the 10 spot. they just switched to the 4-3 and now have major holes at pass rushing DE and LB but are overloaded at DT. so yes absolutely they will grab this guy. oh how i love my Bills!!! and hate them ~sigh~

  43. wwwfella says: Feb 27, 2012 1:59 PM

    that much mass moving that fast…doesnt that break the immutable laws of physics?

  44. steeelfann says: Feb 27, 2012 2:00 PM

    People, people, “EASY”!!!!!!!!

    This guy played at Memphis.
    Look at this stats.

    Do I have to go through this with you? Again?

    First of all, league is changing. Nose tackles are not that important with the new rules, 3-4 be damned. You want a clogger in the 3-4, but a high first round pick has to be a game changer of sorts. Either great ball skills, or get to the QB.

    He would be nice to have, but someone is going to overdraft him, guaranteed. Remember, it was Memphis, and his lack of stats tells you something in that comparatively weak league. I would not throw a high pick at him. You can get a big clogger later. You must score with first round pick.

  45. citizenstrange says: Feb 27, 2012 2:27 PM

    “… I tell you kids Dontari Poe is scary …. with the dashing and the dead lift and the wooooh wooooh wooooh wooooooooh!!!” — Count Floyd

  46. realitypolice says: Feb 27, 2012 2:31 PM

    eaglesw00t says:
    Feb 27, 2012 1:39 PM
    realitypolice says:
    Feb 27, 2012 12:52 PM
    You must be very young. Google “Mike Mamula”.

    ———————————–

    No, Im not at all really…I have had season tickets since 1991, and watched every game Mike Mamula played as an Eagle.

    But you know what? Andy Reid, Joe Banner, and Howie Accountant had nothing to do with the 1995 Philadelphia Eagles.

    Do you really have to go back almost 20 years to make a point out of an ignorant statement?

    Thats just sad. Seriously.
    =========================
    I’m sorry you’re so sad. Maybe a little sense of perspective would allow you to not get so worked up over some posts on a blog.

    You wanted the name of the player the Eagles drafted because of a work out. You didn’t give me a time frame. Mamula is a famous example not only because he was drafted way too high, but because the Eagles traded up to get him.

    You’re point that this happened under a different regime is a good point if you didn’t make it like a petulant 12 year old.

  47. ravensfan4life52 says: Feb 27, 2012 2:41 PM

    Man this dude is scary. I would not want to run into him in a dark alley. You couldn’t fight him because he could easily take you in a fight, and you couldn’t run because he could just chase you down. So basically don’t make this dude angry!

  48. clayton43 says: Feb 27, 2012 2:44 PM

    lol Love the people who are talking about stats… he played NT at Memphis in 3-4 scheme. Nose tackles dont have any great stats because thier job is to clog up 2 guys so linebackers get all the glory. Casey Hampton has been a dominant NT in the NFL ( the past couple seasons his age has gotten the best of him)… but his stats arent going to pop out of the page either but stats arent what his position in 3-4 is about..Here is a little info on his production at Memphis..

    The 6-foot-4, 346-pound Poe was a consistent force for Memphis the past three seasons, starting 30 of 35 games played and totaling 101 tackles and 21.5 tackles for loss. He did that predominantly playing over the nose in the Tigers’ 3-4 formations.

    If you are a team that plays 3-4 defense..then he would be more than ideal…Alot of teams are going away from it because they dont have the right personel to run it…but for the ones that do..He would certainly be a nice pick up I think

  49. steeelfann says: Feb 27, 2012 2:51 PM

    Let me ask this question:

    How effective would Poe be against the Patriots offense?

    VS…………..

    Tuck, JPP, Osi ?

  50. clayton43 says: Feb 27, 2012 3:37 PM

    I think he could play in a 4-3 D… no reason he couldnt … but since people were talking about stats… just wanted to point out as to why he didnt have any glamorous stats…He is ideal for a 3-4 defense at NT.. not sure how effective he would be for a 4-3 DT not DE but his size, stregth and speed along with the fact he is used to taking on 2 blockers every play makes me think he could play in that system as well.

  51. eaglesw00t says: Feb 27, 2012 4:00 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Feb 27, 2012 2:31 PM
    I’m sorry you’re so sad. Maybe a little sense of perspective would allow you to not get so worked up over some posts on a blog.

    You wanted the name of the player the Eagles drafted because of a work out. You didn’t give me a time frame. Mamula is a famous example not only because he was drafted way too high, but because the Eagles traded up to get him.

    You’re point that this happened under a different regime is a good point if you didn’t make it like a petulant 12 year old.

    —————————————-

    Your definition of worked up is warped. And I dont think petulant means what you think it means.

    Otherwise, please point out exactly where I behave in such a manner. It doesnt happen.

    Is it because I refer to somebody elses point as ignorant? Here again, you might need a dictionary.

    And seriously. If somebody wants to make a statement that a team is bound to take a player due to certain factors, shouldnt you (or even the person who made the point) be able to have more than one example from almost 2 decades ago? You know, perhaps multiple examples, to indicate said pattern?

    Maybe not. I guess wanting logical, truthful answers here would be “petulant”. Whatever.

  52. tr975 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:32 PM

    gbpackman says:

    Packers franchise Flynn, trade to Browns for their #4 and draft this dude. Our D problems started with no pass rush. This guy is a freak. Then use our late first on Strong side linebacker.
    ————–
    Right. If the Packers franchise Flynn in order to trade him, they will be lucky to get a 2nd round pick in return. No way is a team going to make that kind of financial investment with a new contract AND give up a high 1st round pick, let alone #4 overall. See the Kansas City Chiefs and Matt Cassel. The Patriots got a 2nd round pick from the Chiefs for Cassel and Mike Vrabel. Green Bay is highly unlikely to get anything more than that for Flynn if they go that route.

    As for Dontari Poe, the Panthers would seem to make a lot of sense. It would improve their defense as well as give them the flexibility to incorporate more 3-4 looks. Poe would provide them with more options than Brockers or Devon Still at that position.

  53. kepickle says: Feb 27, 2012 4:36 PM

    Guys like Gholston shouldn’t have been Drafted that high Besides where the HC that Drafted him at now ???
    working for ESPN i think As for Poe
    He’ll be pick with the 9th pick because if he’s there at the 9th pick WHY wouldn’t the Panthers Draft him ??

  54. cubancigar10 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:42 PM

    So was Vernon Goulson for the jets. That didn’t work out too well.

  55. slobberknockered says: Feb 27, 2012 4:43 PM

    realitypolice, two words, Jeremy Lin. Talented people often get ignored. A 346-pounder runs a 4.87 forty-yard dash… top ten. Period.

  56. tuckyous says: Feb 28, 2012 12:38 AM

    I wanted this guy for the Giants at the end of rd 1 for a couple weeks now. Not looking possible now

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