Like many of my fellow Chiefs fans, I was stunned at the selection of Dontari Poe. Before the draft began, I had told everyone that if the Chiefs selected another DL prospect, I would.....well, you get the point. I'll admit, though, I'm coming around to this pick. My two favorite players, Kuechly and Barron, were already off the board and I had absolutely no one in mind that I really wanted them to pick. This short analysis helped me understand why this pick was not only a good one, but the right one.
11 11 Kansas City Chiefs
DT Dontari Poe, Memphis (Jr.) 6-3, 346
Overall Pick No. 11 CFN Overall Ranking: 7
CFN Analysis: This is the chance at greatness. Call this a chance worth taking; if he busts, there’s no blaming the Chiefs for taking a shot at the stars. When a player this big, this strong, this athletic, and with this much upside is on the table at the No. 11, you have to go with him. Great defensive tackles are worth their weight in gold, and if Poe can bring it and if he can be consistent, the potential is there to be a ten-year anchor at a high level.
Forget about the quarterbacks; Poe is the biggest call in the draft. His skills, upside, and talent are so great that no team will be faulted for taking him too early, and several general managers are going to have to answer why they didn’t go with a potential franchise-making talent. Massive, he’s a true space-eater with the inside presence to swallow up everything against the run and become an anchor for everyone else to work around. Quick for his size, he’s stunningly athletic and could be used as a 3-4 end depending on the situation. With 44 reps on the bench at the Combine, strength isn’t an issue and he should collapse the pocket on a regular basis. However, he didn’t exactly sit on quarterbacks’ heads during his Conference USA career and wasn’t the superstar force he should’ve been in a mediocre league. Even so, this is a once-every-ten-years prospect tools-wise, but it might take a little bit of seasoning to unleash a superstar.