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Breaking Down Memphis Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe

April 25th, 2012 at 1:47 PM
By Terry Bradford

In previous articles on Eagles101, we mentioned some particular positions the Philadelphia Eagles may focus on in the draft this weekend and we also named some players the Eagles may target in the first round. Now it is time to break down some of these individual players and get to know them a little bit more in case the Eagles do select one of them on Thursday evening. We have previously looked at Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly. Now we will take a look at Dontari Poe.

Poe is a junior defensive tackle from Memphis University. He stands at six feet, four inches tall and weighs almost 350 pounds. Despite his size, he is extremely quick but he also has a lot of strength. He showed up at the NFL Scouting Combine this year and was ready to impress. His 40-yard dash time was 4.87 seconds and he also had a 1.68 10-yard sprint time. In addition, he had 44 reps on the bench press.

While Poe impressed scouts at the Scouting Combine, he has not really impressed scouts on the football field during gameplay. Memphis plays in Conference-USA, which is not a conference known for its football talent. Despite this, Poe had a relatively small stat line during his three years at Memphis. In 2011 Poe had 33 tackles overall with eight tackles for loss. He also only had one sack and two forced fumbles. In the past, he has also received a reputation of taking plays off. While he may not play every down at the professional level, he is going to have to give it everything he has when he is on the field.

Strengths:

  • Extremely fast for his size
  • Very strong
  • Fills the gaps and takes up size
  • Above average quickness for his size
  • Rarely beaten off of the line

 

Weaknesses:

  • Had a great combine, but it didn't necessarily show up on the field
  • Has a reputation of taking plays off
  • Has difficulty breaking blocks when engaged
  • Below average pass-rushing skills
  • Short arms for his height, gives up a lot of leverage

Poe is an interesting prospect, to say the least. With the great combine, he likely improved his draft position. However, it is wide open as to where he may go. Carolina or St. Louis could be interested in him in the top-10. Philadelphia or the New York Jets could want him in the middle of the round while Pittsburgh or Denver could take him late in the first round. From what it looks like, Poe could be the very definition of someone who goes too high and does not pan out or gets drafted low and excels at the professional level.

Tags: Dontari Poe, Football, Memphis, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles

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