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Dallas Cowboys Potential 2012 Draft Pick: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

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Jonathan Bales

My scouting report on Dontari Poe is up at the Times today, so click the link to get the full story.  Here is a clip:

Most players who weigh nearly 350 pounds need to lose weight.  Poe is the rare exception; he carries that weight extremely well.  His quickness and explosiveness are rare.  He shows a natural bend and supreme athleticism whenever he’s on the field.

Poe’s work ethic and desire are question marks.  On one hand, he has obviously been in the weight room, and he seems to enjoy playing football.  On the other, Poe seems to give up at times.  It is difficult to tell whether this is a conditioning issue, or a sign of something more serious.

You would think Poe would be nothing but a power player in the middle of the field, but that isn’t true.  While he has the ability to destroy smaller interior linemen, he doesn’t always do it.  At times, Poe seems to brace for impact before being blocked.  He doesn’t garner consistent pressure against either the run or pass, which isn’t a good sign.  Other times, however, he blows through blockers and cannot be stopped.  He’s an inconsistent player with the potential for dominating play.

After Poe’s ridiculous Combine performance (44 reps and a 4.98 40-yard dash at 346 pounds), he’s a surefire first-round selection.  Actually, there’s a chance he may not even be on the board for Dallas at pick No. 14.

If Poe is available, I still think the Cowboys should pass on him.  Many of you know I support the idea of acquiring a mammoth nose tackle and moving Jay Ratliff to end for more plays, but I don’t think Poe is the right guy.  Despite his size, Poe isn’t consistently dominant inside.  He has immense upside, but the Cowboys have too many holes to use their first draft pick on a player with a very low floor.  I’m really hoping Poe isn’t their man.

Previous Scouting Reports

Michael Brockers, DT/DE, LSU

Devon Still, DT/DE, Penn State

Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida/North Alabama

Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

 

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3 Responses to Dallas Cowboys Potential 2012 Draft Pick: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

  1. john coleman says:

    True enough his measurables are off the charts. Even more he is the right size to be the coveted NT we all have longed for. Problem is that I heard him on an interview with ESPN last night, admit he took plays off. I mean he outright said, “I took some plays off.” Definitely not the RKG. I was high on him until that. However I was never #14 high.

    There are too many players who will bring consistent effort and have talent as well to take a chance.

    He would be fine later on in the draft, but will likely go in the 1st.

  2. Vince_Grey says:

    Playing devil’s advocate, Memphis State (Yeah, I know they go by just “Memphis” now, but they’ll always be Memphis State to me) was terrible last year (2-10), particularly on defense, giving up forty or more points in half of their games.

    What’s my point? That Poe was likely far and away their best front seven player, and so my questions to JB are, was he double-teamed ALL the time or just most of the time? Did he ever get any in game rest to speak of?

    IOW, is it possible that Poe’s seeming lack of effort at times could be attributed to fatigue? And maybe the constant losing (Also 1-11 in 2010 and 2-10 in 2009) wore him down mentally?

    That said, I see this guy as a great prospect… to take a chance on in the late 2nd or 3rd round.

    1st round? No, but someone probably will take the shot and it’ll be hit the jackpot or a misfire, though at worst I see Poe as so talented, he’ll likely play in the league for several years, even maybe as a backup.

  3. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    I think he’d be a great 2nd round pickup. But not at 14. Which means some team like the Steelers or some other playoff team will pick him up.

    There’s something about ANY player who consistently shows a lack of work ethic. They always seem to do well whenever the chips are up, the team is winning, they’ve just received a new contract, etc. However, when the chips are down (and they always come down eventually), they are a problem. Reference DeSean Jackson and quite a few others.

    I’d take a SOLID player w/ work ethic over an elite one who’s sometimey.

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