KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Roland Genesy laughs and offers up this story: It's the spring of 2012, and Genesy, a personal trainer at Transforming Bodies Fitness in Memphis, is taking turns with Dontari Poe at putting on this harness, a harness connected to a sled with 350 pounds worth of weights on it.
Before long, a small crowd gathers to watch the big men do their thing.
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 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.
Consider that USC running back...
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 knocked...
Memphis Nose Tackle Dontari Poe has declared for the 2012 NFL Draft. The junior has decided to skip his senior season with his stock being as high as it is. At the beginning of the season not to many people knew about Poe. He was a hidden gem at Memphis that many had yet to hear about. With his size though Poe started the season strong and the word got around. Now he is...
Memphis junior defensive tackle Dontari Poe will enter the NFL draft, he told ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad.
December 23, 2011