We’ve long known that former Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe was a big bodied and interesting defensive prospect entering this April’s NFL Draft.
What we didn’t know is that Poe would “win” the combine, posting absurd workout numbers for a 6-3, 346-pound lineman. Poe has long been considered a run stuffing tackle, probably best suited to play in a base 3-4 defense. After this impressive showing in Indy, however, Poe’s “freakish” workouts have scouts and writers believing Poe could excel in almost any system.
Check the numbers: 4.98 in the 40-yard dash and 44 reps on the bench.
That’s a freakish combo, indeed.
Bob Gretz, for one, was certainly impressed with Poe’s workouts:
Everything about this young man is big. He’s 6-4, 346 pounds, one of the heaviest players at the Combine. His thighs are thick, his calves are thick, and his shoulders are broad. Still, with 346 pounds, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds. That’s remarkable. And he was able to get those 346 pounds 29.5 inches off the ground in the vertical jump.
Certainly, Poe arrived at the combine and proved himself a workout warrior who posted eye-popping numbers in shorts and a t-shirt, but he wasn’t a particularly productive player during his junior season.
Poe accumulated only 22 total tackles and one sack.
Howie Roseman talked last week about the emphasis the Eagles place on game production, and while Poe’s primary function at Memphis was as a run-stopper, the Eagles like defensive tackles that create penetration. With those two things in mind, it’s likely Poe won’t last long in the draft–just don’t expect the Eagles to be the team that jumps at him.