Photo of Dontari Poe
Drafted By: Chiefs
  • Round 1
  • Pick 11
  • Overall 11

Combine Results

Grade
89.0 ?
  • 4.98 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 44 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.90 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "Think Haloti Ngata. That's the kind of skill set and the kind of size he brings to the table. He's got average college tape, but he's got freakish athletic ability for a big man. Romeo Crennel has a good one here to coach up. ... Most rookie defensive tackles get taken off the field on third downs. This kid's best down is third down."

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 346LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Poe is a big man who will likely improve a 3-4 defense working as its anchor inside at NT. His best attribute is his ability to occupy space inside and allow those on the second level to flow and make plays. He can use his strength to overpower most blockers and use his athletic ability to be a threat making plays around the ball. Poe has the build and athleticism to be picked late in the first round.

Analysis

Strengths

Strong lower body so that he can stabilize his position. His athletic ability and quickness force the use of a double team, and he can wreak havoc around the ball. Poe uses his strong hands to keep defenders at bay and throw them around to create opportunities. He is a consistent defender who combines size, strength, athletic ability, and understanding.

Weaknesses

Poe can't do much else besides be an effective lane-clogger within the right scheme. He doesn't have the versatility to move outside to end in a 3-4, a trend that has been seen from many teams who like to get girth and athleticism on the edge of their line. He is not very quick off the ball, and although he is a good athlete for his size, he could struggle to create "splash" plays for himself early on at the next level, where he will likely be facing double teams and much stronger interior lineman.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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