In the days leading up to the draft, Missourinet’s draft expert Scott Wright of DraftCountdown.com, told us that if skilled players like Trent Richardson and Justin Blackmon were gone by the Rams’ sixth pick, they could pick up defensive tackle Dontari Poe from Memphis. Both players were gone, the Rams traded down to 14 and Poe slipped far enough for the Chiefs to take him with their 11th pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night.
AUDIO (Romeo Crennel, Poe and Scott Pioli 1:05)
Poe was so far above the other DTs at the NFL Combine in February with his strength and speed that he wowed scout with his 346 pound frame. GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel are swinging for a home run on this pick. They are either going to smash it out of the park or miss big time. Poe has all of the physical skills, but when many experts watched him on tape, they didn’t see him make as many big plays as they would have expected for a projected first rounder.
What Poe brings to the Chiefs is a potential, big, dominating nose tackle, something they’ve lacked. Poe could turn out to be the inside run stuffer that the Chiefs have been looking for.