Tuesday, February 28, 2012


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The biggest story on Monday at the NFL combine was 6-foot-3½, 346-pound Memphis DT Dontari Poe and his epic workout performance.

After putting up 44 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press the previous day (16 above the average for defensive tackles over the last four combines), Poe went out and ran a ridiculous official time of 4.98 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
For perspective, the four-year average for defensive tackles is 5.15 seconds at an average weight of 305.3 pounds.

Poe was also above-average in the short shuttle (4.56 seconds) and vertical jump (29.4), and he showed his explosiveness with an unofficial 1.68-second 10-yard split during the 40. Those numbers are inviting comparisons to Baltimore Ravens DL Haloti Ngata, who came to the 2006 combine as a more polished player but had a similar workout.

Ngata: 6-4⅛, 338; 5.16 in the 40 (1.71 split); 4.65 short shuttle; 31.4 vertical; 37 reps Poe: 6-3½4, 346; 4.98 in the 40 (1.68 split); 4.56 short shuttle; 29.4 vertical; 44 reps
Ngata has turned into an All-Pro player and his versatility is one of the reasons the Ravens are so successful with their multiple and varied defensive fronts. Poe has similar potential with the ability to play the traditional tackle spot in a four-man front, nose tackle in a three-man line, or even the 5-technique (DE) in a three-man front.

Poe is skyrocketing up draft boards with his rare measurables, and he sits somewhere in the middle of the first round at this point. If all goes well during the pre-draft process, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him go as high as No. 11 to the Kansas City Chiefs, who need a versatile anchor in the middle of their defensive line.

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