Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Dontari Poe (Memphis) is introduced as the number eleven overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
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That's what DuBose said Poe does well: He gets up to speed quickly. And that's what the Chiefs will need him to do. The Chiefs gambled on Poe, who the skeptics panned as a combine wonder who underachieved in college, and who his supporters insist was simply not asked to make big plays at Memphis. The talent, DuBose said, is there; specializing him as a nose tackle, as the Chiefs plan to do, will reveal it.
Poe-tential: Chiefs Draft Memphis Nose Tackle from KC Star
Thursday night's trade bonanza could have included the Chiefs, but Kansas City declined two invitations to join the party.
An unprecedented six of the first seven draft slots were traded before the Chiefs went on the clock with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Nine of the first 14 picks would eventually be dealt before the round closed with 14 of 32 picks being traded.
Chiefs Passed On Two Opportunities To Trade Down from The Mothership
KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs Draft Party At Arrowhead
NFL.com Video: Chiefs Pick Dontari Poe No. 11
This may be the most instantly and universally despised first-round pick in Chiefs history, and that's saying something. Even players that eventually turned into busts were given more of a chance by fans and media than what we saw in the minutes following Poe's selection.
But here's the thing: I don't really know. You don't really know. Nobody does.
The first draft pick of the Romeo Crennel era is one that aligns with the head coach's expertise.
Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has found success drafting defensive linemen and then turning them over to Crennel for development. It's a blueprint that helped produce both Richard Seymour and Vince Wilfork in New England.
Chiefs Believe Crennel Can Tap Poe's Potential from The Mothership
"He played every down at 350 pounds and every position along the line in every game," Crennel said. "It's hard to be the jack of all trades. It's hard to be good at any one thing when you're doing all of those things. When we get him here and settle him down and get him in one spot, then we'll see this guy improve and he'll be productive and he'll be a good player."
Crennel Likes Poe's Ability from KC Star
"My motivation is pretty much unlimited right now," Poe said on a conference call. "I just want to get in and start proving that I'm ready to play at the next level."
The selection was largely panned at a watch party for season ticket-holders at the Chiefs' practice facility, but general manager Scott Pioli said Poe was high on his draft board, and he wound up making the choice despite two compelling offers to trade down.
"It was (Chiefs) coach (Romeo) Crennel on the phone telling me he was drafting me," Poe said. "I was trying to play it off cool and not let everyone around me know who was calling. But they caught on to it and I could see my mother getting really excited.
"When I actually heard my name called, I just went numb. Being drafted that high and by that team was a best-case scenario."
Kansas City Chiefs Take University Of Memphis Lineman Dontari Poe from The Memphis Commercial Appeal
Had Todd Haley remained the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, the selection of Dontari Poe may not have worked.
But the Chiefs are now Romeo Crennel's team, and that's why taking Poe at No. 11 in the NFL draft on Thursday might be a shrewd move for a team that has missed by taking defensive lineman high in the draft in the past decade.
Crennel Is Key To Dontari Poe Pick from ESPN
Dontari Poe is the first-ever defensive lineman for Memphis to be selected in the first round, and is the first defensive player drafted in the first round since defensive back Jerome Woods was selected as the 28th overall pick, also by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1996.
SEC Rules First-Round NFL Draft Roost Once Again from ProFootballTalk
Kansas City's general manager Scott Pioli is thought to be risk-averse, but he made one of the bigger rolls of the dice Thursday night when his Chiefs made Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe their first-round pick at No. 11. Poe is massively gifted from an athletic standpoint, but his game film was less than inspiring in 2011.
That's the thing about those boom-bust types. You ever notice the boom part gets mentioned first, sometimes distracting us from the bust possibility?
Snap Judgments from Sports Illustrated
I look at young men like Jimmy Graham, a third round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2010, who at age 11 was dropped off at an orphanage by his parents and didn't find a permanent home until he was in high school.
Or Dwayne Bowe, a first round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010, who was raised by his grandparents and was often involved with Miami area street gangs until cleaning up his act once joining his high school's football team.
I look at the young men who were told they would never make it at the next level because they were too small or too slow or they just didn't have what it took.
Opinion Corner: Draft Brings High Drama from The Jamestown Sun
44. Kansas City Chiefs: Mychal Kendricks, Cal, ILB: The Chiefs have knocked their recent drafts out of the park by consistently selecting tough, productive players like Kendricks in early rounds.
Sam Smith, who has suffered through seven months of tough news, thought he would only get to meet Chiefs player Ryan Lilja Thursday. Instead, he wound up meeting a lot more than that.
"I didn't know anybody else was coming," Smith said. "I just thought Ryan was, so that was a surprise."
Teen With Cancer Meets Chiefs Linemen from KMBC
Tight end Alex Gottlieb and linebacker Jake Trantin could also hear their names called late on Saturday at the draft...
...Trantin also has the makeup to earn a spot with an NFL team.
The nephew of former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer, the 6-foot senior posted 84 tackles for the Tribe last season.
Grimes Eyes NFL Dream from The Virginia Gazette
White, who is 6-foot and 208 pounds, doesn't want to have to watch Justin Blackman (Oklahoma State) and Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) get picked ahead of him, with the feeling he is every bit as talented and productive.
White traveled to Kansas City to talk with the Chiefs coaches and the team's general manager three weeks ago. The Chiefs also sent representatives to WMU to meet with White.
Western Michigan, Albion Stars Waiting To Hear Names Called In NFL Draft from The Detroit News
Most NFL draft analysts project former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins to be selected in tonight's second or third round. Cousins agrees...
...Since MSU's pro day March 14, Cousins made visits to Buffalo, Philadelphia and Denver and worked out for Kansas City and Philadelphia. Cousins, who had dinner with Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin the day before pro day, said he felt the best after his time with the Eagles.
Michigan State's Kirk Cousins Confident He'll Be Drafted Tonight from The Detroit Free Press