Originally Posted by MichaelWinicki
Nice backup argument there.
The part that most people don't seem to grasp about Poe is:
-He played on an awful 2-10 Memphis team. He was game planned for.
-He was misused imo as a 5 technique DE in a 3-4 defense along with some time at NT. He was awful at DE and this is where all the "bad tape" comments come from.
-Watch him when he plays as a NT. He pushes double teams back and plays the run stoutly Guard to Guard.
-The knock about low motor is bunk. Watch game highlights...he is all over the field trying to make plays.
He is by no means perfect and there are flaws, but don't believe everything you hear this time of year.
He is a NT ideally, and could play DT in a 4-3.
I would be thrilled to trade down into the 20s to get this guy while picking up a 2nd.
Edit-found this from his position coach...very good read:
As much as anything, Poe was limited by Memphis' defensive scheme. His main job was to provide gap control, meaning he was supposed to occupy blockers while linebackers and safeties made tackles.
"Based on what Dontari was asked to do, he did the job," said Mike DuBose, former University of Alabama head coach who was the UofM's defensive line coach the last two seasons before being fired with previous head coach Larry Porter and the rest of Porter's staff after going 2-22. "He knew he could make plays if the scheme of our defense had been different, but he didn't complain about it. He was a team guy."