Top IDP Rookie Defensive Linemen
Steve Gallo
May 3, 2012


Dontari Poe – DT

6'3" 346 Memphis
Pick 11, Round 1 (11) Chiefs
Twitter: @bigpoe74
Poe created quite a buzz pre-draft with his combine workout.  Running a 4.95 40 yard dash isn’t usually going to turn many heads, at least not in a good way.  That is unless you are a behemoth of a man that stands 6’3” tall and weighs 346 pounds, run a 4.95 at that size and you are sure to create a buzz, especially when you also put up 44 reps at 225 lbs. in the bench press.  A number that was just 5 short of the combine record, set by Stephen Paea in 2011.  Even with a strong combine, Poe was not expected to be the first DT off the board, but the Kansas City Chiefs thought otherwise, nabbing Poe with the 11th pick.  Poe will fit nicely in Rome Crennel’s 3-4 defense, helping to anchor a defensive line where he will be flanked by two former top 5 draft picks, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson.  The Chiefs gave up the 7th fewest yards rushing last year, but Poe should help the defense improve on their 14th ranking of 4.2 ypc allowed.  If Poe can live up to the potential that he has, and learn to play hard all the time then the Chiefs will be happy with their 1st round selection. Otherwise, the Chiefs will have drafted a guy that many will say had enough red flags to see that he had bust potential. 

Fantasy Impact/Value
Redraft:  Next to none, even in deep leagues that utilize the DT position.
Dynasty:  Same as redraft, next to no value.  The Chiefs DT position hasn’t exactly been a boon for fantasy owners, but if you are in a deep enough league (16 teams+) then stashing Poe on upside alone makes some sense.

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