NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Dontari Poe of Memphis holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #11 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, GM Scott Pioli and owner Clark Hunt all talked to Poe to congratulate him on becoming a Chief. Crennel said something interesting to Poe on the phone about how they view him as a Chief.
On the phone, Crennel said, "You're going to come in here and we're going to give you a great chance to compete. I'm looking for you to play on all downs."
He talked a little more about that in his draft press conference.
"I'm excited about the pick myself, I'll let you kow that. Poe, he played at Memphis and he played several different positions along the defensive line -- outside, 3-technique, 5-technique, nose tackle. And he played them all during the course of the game. At 350 pounds, he played every snap in the game. If a guy that large can play every snap without laying down and quitting, there's something to him. We think if we can get him and put him in an Xs and Os spot and let him play one position and learn all the techniques and blocking schemes from that position, I think we're going to see a really good player. Not that he's a bad player now. he has a lot of ability. He can run. He's strong. You can even see him on third down because he has that ability where he can affect the quarterback in the pocket. As we looked at the board, we were ready for several players and as they went off the board, and when we made the pick he was still there. We made the choice and we feel good about the choice."
That's what you'd expect out of the 11th overall pick but it's noteworthy because the Chiefs nose tackle played in just over half the defensive snaps last year. Poe playing on all downs would be a departure from the way they've played in the past. That versatility will be great for the Chiefs...if Poe works out. Time well tell on that .
The reactions to this pick from Chiefs fans has been mixed. But I think if you're trying to find an optimistic way to look at this it's that Crennel is one of the better defensive coaches in the game and if anyone will maximize Poe's potential, it'll be him.