NFL Draft 2012: Dontari Poe Not A True Nose Tackle?

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One of the big stories at the 2012 NFL Combine was Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe who tore it showing off his athleticism and strength. For a 6'4", 346 pound man, it was an impressive showing. Many people said he's one of the few true nose tackles in the 2012 NFL draft.

One respected draft analyst, Russ Lande or Sporting News, disagrees.

"After finishing film evaluation of Memphis Dontari Poe it seems clear to me that he is much more of a big 3 tech DT than a true NT," Lande wrote on Twitter.

OK, not a good start considering I wanted the Chiefs to consider him with the 11th pick.

"Poe seems more comfortable using quicks to attacks gaps & penetrate," Lande continued. "Doesn't play like a true 2-gap, run stuffing clogger."

Kinda tricky here but the Chiefs run a two-gap system. Remember Aubrayo Franklin last year? He had experience only in a one-gap, which is a big reason KC didn't pursue him. In other words, this stuff matters (no matter how big the name).

"Poe probably would fit best as a 5 tech DE in a 34 like San Diego or Pittsburgh plays, not in KC's 34 scheme as well though," Lande wrote.

I don't watch Memphis football so I'm not gonna sit here and waste your time acting like I know any better about Poe than Lande. But this is something to take note of.

And now for the dreaded comparison...

"Memphis DT D. Poe does not play like an elite talent on film often enough & reminds me of former 1st Rd Picks Ryan Sims & Jimmy Kennedy," Lande tweeted.

Ryan Sims...NO!!!! STAY AWAY! STAY AWAY!

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