2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DT Dontari Poe

2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DT Dontari Poe
April 21, 2012, 1:14 am
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Dontari Poe (DT), Memphis
6-5 350 lbs.

2011 Stats:
33 tackles, 8 TFL, 1 sack, 5 QBH

Projection:
Top 15

Strengths:
A tall, well put together 350-pound lineman who carries his weight well and doesn't possess much soft flesh. Displays a physically put together lower half as well. Is strong through the base, legs and calves and honestly can play at 350. Has a Haloti Ngata type build. Displays some nimbleness as a pass rusher. Can use his foot quickness to change directions quickly in tight areas and push his way through contact once he gains a step. Demonstrates the power and flexibility to gain leverage and consistently push the pocket inside at the next level. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
Doesn't take a positive first step off the football in either the run or pass game. Needs to do a better job maximizing his first step in order to reset the line of scrimmage, wastes too much motion. Needs to do a better job finding the football. Doesn't consistently decipher information quickly and put himself around the action. Hasn't ever been real productive because of his lacking technique and ability to consistently find the football. Is a boom or bust kind of player. (National Football Post)
Fit for Bears:
Poe is a rare blend of size, strength and quickness that can cause fits in the trenches. Rod Marinelli would do wonders for Poes technique and preparation, but the Bears are already really high on where Henry Melton and Stephen Paea project long term. There will probably be better options to fill greater needs for Chicago at pick No. 19, but if Poe slips outside of the top 15 he may be too intriguing to pass up.