6’4”, 346-pound DT/NT Dontari Poe had a phenomenal scouting combine outing today.
At that weight, Poe was expected to run the 40-yard dash well over five seconds. He bolted down the turf, and for a man that size, he ran an incredible 4.98 seconds.
Poe’s other stats include 44 bench reps, a 29.5-inch vertical jump, a 105 inch broad jump, a 7.90 second three-cone-drill, and a 4.56 second 20-yard shuttle.
Poe, who played for Memphis during his college days, is likely to be drafted in the first round. He was projected to be drafted around the mid-twenties—perhaps to the Steelers or Broncos—but now he might be able to crack the top twenty.
Like every other NFL player, Poe is a monster athlete. His size and athleticism deliver havoc to offenses, with running backs in particular.
He is going to be a sleeper pick that could silently climb up draft boards. If you recall, in 2010 the Jaguars spent the ninth overall pick on defensive lineman Tyson Alualu, who was a projected second round pick. Defensive linemen are frequently fluctuating up and down draft boards.
Last year, DE Da’Quan Bowers was projected to go first overall to Carolina in the early mock drafts. A little before the draft occurred, Bowers’s stock plummeted immensely. In the second round, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him.
Uncertainty looms for every player in the draft. Poe could even crack the top ten, or could slip all the way down to the third round. Who knows? The future is uncertain for every draft prospect, but today, Poe was nothing short of impressive.