Dontari Poe's life story has been compared to "The Blind Side."
But that comparison isn't quite accurate.
Poe, the Kansas City Chiefs' first round pick and the 11th overall selection in Thursday night's NFL Draft, is from a similar tough part of Memphis, Tenn., as the one Michael Oher grew up in.
But there was no Sandra Bullock character scooping Dontari...
With the 11th overall pick the Kanas City Chiefs select DT Dontari Poe of Memphis. This is a special pick for me as a close friend is friends with the Poe family. Poe is a physical speciaman for sure but he did not play in a top college conference. Can he step up to play at the NFL level is in question.
Poe does get the best bling award for his watch.
Check out his highlights.
The following is the 9th in a series of draft profiles for potential 1st and 2nd round picks for the Dallas Cowboys. These profiles are put together with the specific needs of the Cowboys in mind, and is an attempt to examine their resumes and game tape to get an idea of who might fit in best with Dallas come draft day.
Dontari Poe Memphis DT 6-foot-3, 346 lbs.
40 time: 4.91, Bench...
Dontari Poe caught the NFL by storm during the Scouting Combine as the 346-pound defensive tackle out of Memphis ran a 4.87 in the 40-yard dash, along with 44 reps on the bench press.
However, one scout says that it isn’t that impressive if you have watched him play.
“He’ll be overdrafted,” he said. “He did all of that at the Combine, so some team will take him way higher...
6'5 and 350 lbs is nothing to mess around with. Dontari Poe is one large prospect out of Conference USA and could be the top defensive tackle taken in the 2012 NFL draft.
While Poe might not be able to play every down his ability to power through double teams and strength to bring down backs with one arm could be a strong necessity for NFL teams.
Dontari Poe had probably the most impressive showing of anyone at the 2012 NFL Combine. The hulking defensive tackle from Memphis clocked a 4.87 40 yard dash time.
The talk of the NFL Combine Monday was Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe.
Poe pumped 44 reps on the bench press Sunday, making him the strongest guy at the Combine. Then he wowed folks with a 4.87 unofficial 40-yard dash time. Poe’s 40 time was officially a 4.98, but for 6’5″ 350-pound defensive tackle, that’s still extremely impressive.
Former Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe has been working out at the Athletes' Performance Institute in Phoenix, Arizona in preparation for the NFL Combine and Draft.
Dontari Poe DT Memphis #74
Elite size and strength. Built like a prototypical nose tackle. Surprising athleticism for his size. Will make more plays in pursuit that you’d expect from a nose tackle. Strong lower body allows him to hold his ground against double teams. Impressive motor; has the ability to get back up after being...
Memphis junior defensive tackle Dontari Poe will enter the NFL draft, he told ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad.
December 23, 2011