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Dontari Poe is the lone unsigned Chiefs pick

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The Chiefs have signed all of their draft picks except for first-round defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

The team announced Thursday that they have signed third-round tackle Donald Stephenson. Stephenson signed a four-year contract with Kansas City.

At the Chiefs’ rookie minicamp, Stephenson worked at left tackle. He played the same position at Oklahoma, but will probably see some time on the other side as well. The Chiefs will start Branden Albert on the left side and Eric Winston on the right, but Stephenson could become the swing backup behind them as a rookie.

“Whenever they call on me, whenever they need me, I’ll be happy to help,” Stephenson said in the team’s statement announcing the signing.

Albert is heading into the final year of his contract, but there have been reports of contract talks between the two sides. That would work out well as Stephenson has the size for the position but probably needs a little more seasoning before he’d be ready to fill it.

 

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19 Responses to “Dontari Poe is the lone unsigned Chiefs pick”
  1. trojanwarrior007 says: May 17, 2012 7:03 PM

    Please don’t be a bust.

  2. gerard33 says: May 17, 2012 7:17 PM

    Headline about Poe, article about Stephenson. Other than that, nice write-up!

  3. electionconfidential says: May 17, 2012 7:17 PM

    Interesting since he’s the luckiest guy in the first round. I live in the city where he went to college and he was a major under-performer… He’ll be very lucky if he ever gets past his rookie contract.

    I will say though I can’t fault him if he’s holding out for guaranteed money, because I don’t think he’ll be around long.

  4. txxxchief says: May 17, 2012 7:36 PM

    Why the delay, Dontari? The rookie scale is pretty well set under the new CBA. Don’t handcuff yourself or your new team with some sort of misguided holdout.

  5. kingcarlbanks says: May 17, 2012 7:40 PM

    Another bust to go with the two LSU bums they already have on there defensive line. Waa Waa waaaaa.

  6. gerard33 says: May 17, 2012 7:54 PM

    electionconfidential,

    What do you know about football, besides looking at stats? Did you know that Poe played more than 5 different positions each game for Memphis? Or that, at 350 pounds, he played every snap? Or that Romeo Crennell, who has coached Ted Washington and Vince Wilfork, was absolutely thrilled to get Poe?

    If he had played for a major 3-4 team like Georgia for instance, Poe would have been a glamorous NT prospect. So tired of people just repeating what other ignorant pundits have said.

  7. thegreatestofalltimes says: May 17, 2012 8:00 PM

    It’s amazing what a good combine will do for a player. For a 350lb. guy playing against “inferior” competition, he had trouble shedding blocks, bull-dozing 280lb offensive linemen that wouldn’t sniff the NFL, was slow off the snap, and (obviously) was slow laterally, though surprisingly quick north-south. Another knock against him was his work ethic.

    I’ll be amazed if he becomes a 3-down player in the NFL, but I just don’t see it. Hopefully he proves me wrong, and I’m not a Chiefs or AFC West fan. He is the definition of a feast-or-famine player.

  8. Patriot42 says: May 17, 2012 8:37 PM

    He isn’t a first round pick maybe a low second or third as he will have trouble moving those pros around. He shouldn’t be asking for too much.

  9. peester15 says: May 17, 2012 8:41 PM

    willingness to go with negotiations probably has something to do with his heart and drive.

  10. haleyistheman00 says: May 17, 2012 8:53 PM

    Kingcarl.

    Did you see today the article saying dorsey is the #1 run stopper in the league. I don’t think he is considered a bust

  11. haleyistheman00 says: May 17, 2012 8:59 PM

    More than half the league would like to have dorsey and Jackson on the d line. They are two of the best run stoppers in the nfl Dorsey being rated #1. They don’t get the sacks so people consider them bust. Poe can come in on 3rd down for the sacks. Chiefs will have top 5 defense this year.

  12. raiderapologist says: May 17, 2012 10:07 PM

    haleyistheman00 says: May 17, 2012 8:59 PM

    More than half the league would like to have dorsey and Jackson on the d line. They are two of the best run stoppers in the nfl Dorsey being rated #1. They don’t get the sacks so people consider them bust. Poe can come in on 3rd down for the sacks. Chiefs will have top 5 defense this year.

    Speaking of top 5, Dorsey and Jackson were both top 5 picks. That’s too high for one dimensional players.

  13. rdly49ers says: May 17, 2012 10:39 PM

    Niners all the way ……

  14. all32 says: May 17, 2012 11:50 PM

    Why sign he’d have to start working don’t you know..

  15. 69firebird says: May 17, 2012 11:50 PM

    He should hold out for all he can get and make the chiefs really pay for drafting him.

  16. detroitcityryda says: May 18, 2012 12:09 AM

    This guy knows he’s a future bust he’s just trying to get his guaranteed money up there in 10m’s buy his big house sit back eat up and plan his release the next two years

  17. astrosfan75956 says: May 18, 2012 12:32 AM

    Poe is going to bust in the NFL.

  18. CKL says: May 18, 2012 3:29 AM

    Dontari is probably still tied up with unwinding his elaborate draft day hairstyle. He’ll sign soon enough.

  19. kingcarlbanks says: May 19, 2012 9:43 AM

    Yeah Glenn Dorset and Tysons Jackson are so awesome, I guess that’s why they both took pay cuts. All tha awesomeness couldn’t justify there pay…

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