SOTT Draft Profile: Dontari Poe
Patrick D. Starr
The next few weeks here on State of the Texans we will be doing some draft profiles of some particular players who could possibly fit into the Texans plans. We are not going to try to piece together scouting reports, but we enlist help of bloggers who actually cover the respective player and their school.
In this installment we look at the massive nose tackle from the Memphis Tigers, Dontari Poe. We get help from John Martin from the TigerAuthority.com a site devoted to the Memphis Tigers. We discuss the man and myth known as Dontari Poe, and look to see if we can get some better answers on this potential NFL star.
Can you give us some background on Dontari Poe.
Poe grew up here in Memphis and graduated from Wooddale. It was a feat for Memphis to land him back in 2008, considering he had offers from Arkansas, Auburn, and Ole Miss. He started all 12 games for Memphis last season and accumulated 33 tackles and a forced fumble on the way to being named a Conference USA second-teamer.
What has Poe meant to the Tigers football team?
Poe was part of a defensive line last season that was probably the lone bright spot of a 2-10 team. While the Tigers' secondary was one of the worst in the nation, Poe did his part in helping stuff the run. Unfortunately, because the Tigers' offense was so stagnant, Poe was on the field so often that his impact was less than it could've been because of general fatigue.
Did he play the nose or 3 technique at Memphis?
Poe played NT although I'm not sure if that's what he projects to on the next level.
What are Poe's strengths and weaknesses as a player?
Poe's biggest strength, simply, is his strength. He is a force of nature. He can squat 700 pounds, bench 500 and power clean 400. He's probably the strongest football player to ever come out of Memphis, and I think that certainly there's room for him to get stronger at the next level.
His weakness, though, is that he's not a great pass-rusher at this stage in his career. At his size, he's going to be more of a niche run-stopper. He's not nimble enough to utilize any swim moves; he's a guy that uses his brute strength to overpower offensive linemen, and I don't know how often he'll be able to get away with that in the NFL. He could definitely stand to improve his rushing technique.
Is he really 6'5 350 lbs?
I would say that's probably legitimate.
Is your opinion is Poe going to be a good NFL player?
Bit of a loaded question there. I think the answer to this question hinges on Poe's work ethic. The NFL strength is already there, obviously, but does he want to get better? Does he want to be known as just a monstrous run-stopper or a complete defensive lineman? He possessed a good work ethic while at Memphis; he went from squatting 500 pounds as a freshman to over 700 by his junior year. If he improves his overall technique, I think Poe could have a lengthy NFL career.