June 12, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji (90) takes a break during the team's mandatory minicamp at Ray Nitschke Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
One of the things we've said about the Kansas City Chiefs' Dontari Poe is that we hope he becomes similar to B.J. Raji, the Green Bay Packers nose tackle. Raji was the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and has matured into a very good defensive tackle. It's a similar development we hope to see out of Poe.
I think that most fans liked the pick and still feel that Raji is a very good player. He did not have a great season last year, but he had almost no help. Howard Green was not much of a backup and the defensive ends to his right weren't anywhere near the level of Cullen Jenkins. Raji was forced to play too many snaps alongside mediocre linemen last year, and he suffered for it.
Even though he's not a nose tackle, the arrival of Jerel Worthy should help keep his snap totals down. I think Daniel Muir is a better backup than Green as well. I feel like Raji is going to have a better 2012 than 2011, and I think that most fans agree with me. He was a solid pick in the draft, for sure.
True or false: Poe will one day be considered as good as or better than Raji?
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