It finally hit Dontari Poe that he's playing in the NFL when walked into the locker room at the Kansas City Chiefs' practice facility.
There were the helmets. Bright red with that arrowhead logo on the side, as shiny as a child's new ball.
''It was like, `Yeah, I'm here now,''' Poe said Friday.
Now it's time to prove he belongs.
The former Memphis tackle was picked with the No. 11 overall selection last month, a 350-pound stopper expected to fill the biggest hole along the Chiefs' defensive line. The pick was widely panned given Poe's lack of production in college, but his impressive physical skill set means he might be the biggest boom-or-bust prospect in years.
''My point of view is, pressure is whatever you make it, so I'm just working my hardest and doing the best I can. That's all I can do,'' he said, sweat dribbling off his forehead on a warm afternoon in Kansas City. ''Whether I'm the first pick or the last pick, I'm going to go in there and give it my all.''
Poe spent ...