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Dontari Poe To The Chiefs Is Somewhat Surprising

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So the Kansas City Chiefs ended up taking Memphis DT Dontari Poe with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Poe visited the Chiefs and there was rumored to be some interest there so it's not a totally off-the-radar pick. Still, the talk of the Chiefs and Poe seemed to have cooled in recent weeks.

Poe had a terrific NFL Combine showing fairly incredibly athleticism and strength for his size. His game tape at Memphis doesn't seem to match up to the 11th overall pick but I guess the thought process here is that Romeo Crennel, former defensive line coach, can coach him up to his potential.

GM Scott Pioli has said a number of times that game tape is the most important factor in picking a player. That's why this pick is so interesting. The knock on Poe is exactly that -- his game tape isn't as sharp as you'd want with the 11th overall pick.

Nose tackle is a need for the Chiefs as they've had a rotating body of guys in the last three years. Kelly Gregg was last season's nose tackle and Crennel even indicated the Chiefs could bring him back. Crennel also said the Chiefs would probably be finding a nose tackle after the draft. In hindsight, that was a pretty good smokescreen.

I'm curious to hear the reasoning behind this pick from the Chiefs brass.