Scouting For The Chargers Draft: Memphis DT Dontari Poe

Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Memphis Tigers defensive lineman Dontari Poe does the shuttle run during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

I want to grab this kid Dontari Poe just because we could nickname him Kung Fu Panda!! Other than that AWESOME nickname, this kid made a lot of noise at the combines yesterday. This kid is a monster, weighing in at 346 lbs and he ran the 40 faster than some linebackers.

Poe could be the lane clogger that we needed ever since the days of Jamal Williams. A big run stuffer in the middle that can take up multiple blockers is one of the keys to running the 3-4 defense and Poe could be the man we need. We are not sure what we are doing with free agent Antonio Garay yet, but it is never a bad idea to have a big dominant man like this in the middle.

Drafting Poe with our 18th pick will not fill our biggest hole at pass rusher, but we could look to fill that in free agency or in the next round of the draft. We would also need to find a safety in this draft somewhere also.

Here is the scouting report from Pro Football Weekly:

Upside:
• Outstanding size and anchor strength
• Caves the pocket
• Surprisingly nimble
• Nice lateral agility
• Heavy hands
• Two-gap ability
• Strong tackler

Downside:
• Short arms
• Inconsistent get-off
• Could improve pass-rush arsenal
• Minimal sack production
• Stamina has to be monitored
• Could be meaner

The Way We See It:
One of the most physically gifted prospects in this year’s draft class, Poe is a “planet theory” poster boy with rare quickness, athleticism and ease of movement for his size. Could play with more snarl, but is tough and durable with big upside as a “30” front anchor.

Should we spend our first round draft pick on a nose tackle? He is expected to be drafted late in the first and there are some mock drafts that have the Chiefs taking him at 11. He was being compared to Haloti Ngata a lot during the combine.

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  • MikeTuck

     Good job Ernie; this is the type of player to grab and see if he can fill the gap. Cam Thomas can be replaced as he has shown no NFL type skills. Garay and Martin can hold the fort down, but what would this guys speed do on special teams? Wow talk about bowling the wedge. He’d be a good gamble if he drops down far enough.

    • Bleu

      @MikeTuck man this guy would stuff the run and push strait up the middle and force qb’s out of the poccet. This guy has great potential and his presence alone would open up more holes for our pass rush. Great pick I to my hat!. NT is such a great position every great defense has a great nt Ngata, Pouiha or however you say it Wilfork….. Haynesworth.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

         @Bleu  @MikeTuck i wouldnt be surprised if we pick this dude up.. if he is picking up blockers, then it will just free up the backers to get to the qb or the runningback…. makes everyone better

        • Bleu

          @epadaon @MikeTuck I believe that he is the biggest asset in the first round for us bcuz an effective NT of his calibur is the anchor we need to hold down our defense. No more open running lanes and it would makes the olb we have more effective bcuz the opposition would have to do more than step up in the poccet to avoid them…..

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  • MikeTuck

     @Bleu NT is the key to stopping all running games. Ours was Williams and what a NT he was, an absolutely imposible hole to fill. He had the body and state of mind to swallow Offensive lines. Very quick feet for a huge man. I was really sad when he injured himself, but he played some quality ball. If Poe is anything like him NT is a bigger pickup than DE anyday. That’s if he can fill a 3-4 NT position.

  • MikeTuck

     @Bleu Again absolutely, you saw the defense against the run while Williams was here. Merriman, Phillips, and all the secoundary would not have had those sacks without Williams. He was double-tripled every down he played. If Poe is that good he’d be worth every bit. But if he’s that good he’ll be gone by 18. That is what sucks about being a fairly good team. These losey teams eat up all the picks and stay losey. That’s why when your in the late to middle 1st round you don’t gamble on key positions, get a veteran that has played on one of these losey teams for 4 years. It opens some eyes to the caliber player they really are.

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