Dontari Poe NFL Draft | DT, Memphis

Name: Dontari Poe
Ideal Position-NT/1 tech
Measurements: 6-5 350 lbs.
School: Memphis

-In cased you missed it, those measurements are 6-5, 350 lbs. He is build well, doesn’t have a huge spare tire like some NT which is a by product of his dedication to the weight room. You can turn on film and instantly know where he is lined up.

-Obviously with that size he is hard to dig out of a hole when he stacks a blocker during a rush, but when he wants to move he can. Not an elite pass rusher by any standards, but he is quick enough to surprise a center of the snap.

-Good hand placement, not just a bull rusher like some heavier NTs.

-Good “Pop” when he takes on a blocker, pullers seem scared to hit him.

-Gets cut A LOT, put does a good job still affecting the play. That could mean making sure he lunges as he is falling, pushing down the lineman that tried to cut him, or getting back up and pursuing. Great effort.

-Played in a very weak conference, which will make scouts question how he can transition to the NFL.

-He will burst through the line without knowing where the ball is which will hurt him when playing the draw and the screen.

-All in all he should go in the first 48 picks. I can see where some teams would want to stay away because right now he is more upside than NFL ready, but the other side of the coin is that a NT with his potential could easily find a home in the late first round.  Something I didn’t mention is that he has played DT in the 4-3 and DE/DT in the 3-4 scheme. That versatility could entice some teams in this weak DT class. Possible destinations: Carolina, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis

About Will Lomas

Grew up in a town in Tennessee named Dyersburg, and played ball there. When I realized I was too small to play college ball, I found my passion in breaking down game film, analyzing athletes, and finding the little things that decides whether a player is good, bad, or great.