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Dontari Poe

Dontari Poe - #74 - DT-NT

Height: 6-3 1/2
Weight: 346
Speed: 4.94
Arm: 32
Hand: 9 5/8
Wingspan: 78 3/8
Birthdate: 08/18/1990
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Grade: 6.25

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/22/2012 Memphis Pro Day 6-3 1/8 339 9 3/4 31 1/2
02/29/2012 Combine 6-3 1/2 346 9 5/8 32 78 3/8 4.91 44 8'9" 29 1/2 4.57 7.94
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-3 335 9 1/2 31 5/8 78 1/2 5.30

 

Notes:

First name is pronounced “DON-tar-ee.” The Tennessee prep was a two-time state shot put champion and won the state title in the discus as a senior. Appeared in 11 games, making six starts at nose tackle, as a true freshman in 2009. Recorded 27 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks with three forced fumbles. Did not play against Houston becausee of a death in the family. Started all 12 games in ’10, registering 41-6 1⁄2-2 with one pass batted down. Made seven starts at nose tackle — season opener and the last six games — and five starts at defensive tackle. Made all 12 starts at nose tackle in ’11 and recorded 33-8-1 with three passes batted down and one forced fumble.

Positives:

Rare combination of size, foot speed and movement skill — carries nearly 350 pounds exceptionally well and does not have much sloppy weight. Big-time weight-room strength — squats 700 pounds and bench-pressed 225 pounds 44 times at the Combine to lead all participants. Good bend and pad level for a big man. Stout trunk and anchor. Has two-gap ability. Plays with a load in his hands and can tug and jerk to disengage. Able to compress the pocket. Nice in-line lateral agility. Forceful tackler. Surprisingly nimble — is athletic enough to zone-drop and play on his feet. Extremely versatile. Tough and durable. Solid character, work ethic and accountability.

Negatives:

More mass than length — has relatively short arms and small hands. Inconsistent get-off. Minimal sack production. Does not consistently convert weight-room strength into power. Is not a fire-breathing competitor and does not consistently chase outside the box. Instincts are still developing. Stamina will have to be monitored. Limited exposure vs. high-quality opponents and did not consistently dominate mid-major competition.

Summary:

Rare physical specimen capable of playing any type of scheme, but would be most ideally suited on the nose in a 3-4 front. Rare Combine performance showed freakish athletic talent and strength proficiency could transcend scheme and allow him to function anywhere along the line. Still needs to learn how to play the game, but upside is off the charts and easily could draw top-10 consideration.


Dontari Poe's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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