Like a lot of Chiefs fans, I was thrilled when we landed Scott Pioli as GM, primarily because I thought he would bring some of the savvy the Patriots had always shown for getting great value from the draft, lower picks that turned out well, etc. What bothers me most about the Poe pick is not just the player, but the blundering draft day move.
Draft slots were flying all over the shop on Thursday as the smart guys had figured out the new rookie player pay index in the CBA and teams were willing to move to target the guy they wanted. Basically everyone in the first 15 picks zeroed in on who they wanted. Dallas moved up to get Claiborne, who they really believed in, etc. The guy I had my heart set on was Luke Kuechly, but I knew Pioli wouldn't trade up to get him and I just hoped he'd fall to us. I was bummed when the Bills snagged him. But when they did I started chanting to myself "Anyone but Poe...Anyone but Poe..."
The reason is simple. Like him or not, Poe would have been available at 25 or even the top of the 2nd round. That's the issue with him. I would not have touched him in the first round, first because he's too risky, and with our rich history of DL busts, he would be like Romney picking Sarah Palin again. But second, simply because no one else was going to to get him, so even if you did value him and think you could make him into a serious player, with all the red flags you could have traded down, even if it must meant picking up another 3rd, or even a 5th, and he'd still be on the board.
The other problem is taking him at 11, you have taken any incentive he might have had to excel away. Maybe, just maybe, if he'd sat until the 3rd, he might have been so disrespected and pissed off that he'd have been motivated. But now, payday in hand, he'll probably be off to the car dealership and the tattoo parlor.
It was a bad move anyway you slice it.