Dontari Poe is scary

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.

56 responses to “Dontari Poe is scary

  1. 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. 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. 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

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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.
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    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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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.
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    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…
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    You must be very young. Google “Mike Mamula”.

  10. “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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

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    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.

  18. 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~

  19. 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.

  20. 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.
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    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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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    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.

  25. 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.
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    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.

  26. 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 ??

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