Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe was impressive at the Combine, checking in at 6-4, 346 pounds and running the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds. The weight room warrior also led all Combine participants by putting up 44 reps in the 225-pound bench press. He’s no stranger to hard work off the practice field.
“I love the weight room,” Poe said in Indianapolis. “It’s something I got into in high school because people always used to say college players are way bigger, faster, stronger. When you get to college, they say the NFL is way bigger, faster, stronger. I never let up on it. I’m self, intrinsically motivated to do it.”
Such physical feats he displayed in late February at the Combine may have vaulted him up higher into the first round, where many have projected he’ll be selected. Poe left Memphis after his 2011 junior season, and in his career as a Tiger, he finished with 21.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. His stats weren’t eye-popping, and Poe knows that he still has some parts of his game that need improving.
“I need to maintain my level of play throughout the course of a whole game,” Poe said. “That’s probably the biggest thing.”
When asked about what type of player he’ll be at the next level, Poe responded by saying that he’s a lot more dynamic than some might believe.
“I see myself as someone who can rush the passer a lot more than people think,” Poe said. “I am used to playing nose tackle and the 3-technique and I’ve played some 5-technique. I’m pretty comfortable anywhere on the defensive line.”
“I think I’m explosive, very explosive. That’s probably my biggest strength. Most people think just because I’m big I do nothing but power you, things like that. I try to use my quickness to my advantage.”
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