On Poe’s rookie visit, Crennel tested the player’s mental makeup.
"I sat right here and I looked him right in the eye and asked, ‘You know what kind of defense we play?’" Crennel recalled. "I said that we’re going to be head up on them and you’re going to get double-teamed and all those kind of good things, but if you just make the plays you’re supposed to make, you’ll make plenty of plays."
Poe left his visit uncertain if he’d ever return, but knew where he wanted to be. Kansas City had a structure in place with a history of allowing defensive lineman to succeed.
"He's a defensive genius," Poe said of Crennel. "I think he's a D‑line coach at heart, and just learning from him and just doing whatever I can to make him proud in a sense and just be the best that I can be, I'm very excited for it.
"It was a best‑case scenario. You can never know what's going to happen in these drafts, so luckily for me, this was the place I wanted to be."