Scouting For The Chargers Draft: Memphis DT Dontari Poe

By Ernie Padaon

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.