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Dontari Poe | Defensive Lineman

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 346
College: Memphis
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The Chiefs have exercised NT Dontari Poe's fifth-year option, valued at $6.15 million.
He's now under contract through 2016. Poe was commonly billed as a "workout wonder" coming out of Memphis in 2012, but he's developed into one of the NFL's premier nose tackles. He did have a down year in 2014 run defense, but piled up a career-high six sacks. Poe doesn't turn 25 years old until August. Apr 24 - 4:28 PM

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Chiefs NT Dontari Poe had six tackles, 1.5 sacks, one batted pass and one forced fumble in Sunday's Week 1 blowout of the Jaguars.

Poe, the No. 11 overall pick last season, was talked up as second-year breakout candidate all offseason. So far, so good. The slimmed-down Poe totaled just 38 tackles, no sacks and four batted balls all of last season.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 12:33:00 PM

ESPN's Bill Williamson says "the light has come on" for NT Dontari Poe.

Williamson says Poe has "taken to the new coaching" and "has a chance to be among the breakout players in the NFL this season." Poe, the 11th overall pick last season, struggled badly early and finished as ProFootballFocus' No. 72 defensive tackle. Only Tyson Alualu of the Jaguars and Casey Hampton of the Steelers were worse against the run.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 12:24:00 PM

Chiefs second-year NT Dontari Poe quit eating barbecue last June and has dropped 15-20 pounds.

"It might be the hardest thing I’ve had to do since I’ve been here," said Poe, the No. 11 overall pick last year. "I’m trying to cut out the beef and the pork and stay away from the fried foods. And stay away from the barbecue." As a result, Poe has reportedly been nearly unblockable in training camp. He weighed around 350 pounds as a rookie, but Poe is now down to a healthier 335.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 05:31:00 PM

Chiefs rookie NT Dontari Poe is expected to make his first start of the preseason in Thursday's finale.

Starter Anthony Toribio is dealing with an ankle injury. "He’s making progress," coach Romeo Crennel said of Poe. "But he’s still that rookie who reverts back to what he knows at times, and he forgets to remember how we want to do it. ... He’s a conscientious student, and he will get it corrected." Incredibly raw for a first-round pick, Poe could be limited to nickel packages as a rookie.
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 11:01:00 AM

No. 11 overall pick NT Dontari Poe is currently running with the third-stringers.

Poe is behind former undrafted free agent Anthony Toribio and 2011 sixth-rounder Jerrell Powe. "The young Poe, he's still learning, and he gave good effort," coach Romeo Crennel said following the preseason opener. "He's trying to learn to do the things the way we want them. He's not there yet."
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 09:50:00 AM

Chiefs first-round pick Dontari Poe has practiced as only a nickel defender so far in training camp.

Coach Romeo Crennel says Poe is a major project. "A lot," Crennel said when asked what Poe must improve. "He needs to work on technique, he needs to work on understanding the system, he needs to get the calls correct all the time. He’s got a ways to go." Anthony Toribio is working as the starting nose tackle.
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 07:56:00 PM

Chiefs signed No. 11 overall pick NT Dontari Poe to a four-year contract.

The sides were reportedly "not close" Wednesday, but made up ground quickly with training camp beginning on Thursday. After taking first-team reps in offseason practices, the freakishly athletic Poe is expected to open the season as the Chiefs' starting nose tackle.
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 01:14:00 PM

The Chiefs and first-round DT Dontari Poe were "not close" to a contract as of Tuesday afternoon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Poe, the 11th overall pick in the draft, is likely seeking a fully-guaranteed deal without offset language. But the No. 10 overall pick, Stephon Gilmore, signed a deal with offset clauses. As PFT's Mike Florio points out, Poe's reputation as a "workout warrior" and "boom-or-bust" player makes that language take on greater importance.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 08:17:00 AM

First-round pick Dontari Poe has been inserted as the Chiefs' starting nose tackle at OTA practices.

Though Poe was considered developmental coming out of Memphis, the Chiefs didn't invest the 11th pick in the draft on a bench warmer. Poe is already working ahead of Amon Gordon and Jerrell Powe, including for third-down packages. Poe is bound to be rough around the edges early in his rookie year, but he has dominant potential. He'll team with LE Tyson Jackson and RE Glenn Dorsey to make up a formidable 3-4 line.
Thu, May 24, 2012 01:03:00 PM

The Chiefs rejected a pair of offers to trade down in order to select NT Dontari Poe at No. 11 overall.

"We felt that (Dontari) was the right player for us," GM Scott Pioli said. "We didn't want to move too far away from him and risk the chance of not being able to get him." Pioli chalks up Poe's lack of college production to too many games against shotgun offenses. "At least 49 percent of his snaps were literally plays that could not be deemed plays that would allow him to have production," explained Pioli.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 11:26:00 AM

Chiefs selected Memphis NT Dontari Poe with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Kansas City had a vacancy at nose tackle following Kelly Gregg's retirement. A physical freak at 6'4" and 346 pounds, Poe blew the doors off the Combine with a 4.87 forty, 1.70 10-yard split, and 44 reps on the bench. Poe's game tape tells a different story, however, as he often disappeared due to poor technique and an inconsistent motor. The draft's first boom-or-bust pick, Poe could emerge as a dominant force in the middle of Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense or fall flat along the likes of former first-rounders Ryan Sims or Jimmy Kennedy.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 09:05:00 PM

According to Sporting News' Russ Lande, "many teams" are comparing Memphis NT Dontari Poe to former top-six draft bust Ryan Sims.

Sims, the sixth pick in the 2002 draft by Kansas City, did well to play nine years in the NFL, spending three as a starter and struggling. Per Lande, Poe's draft stock is "plummeting" after NFL teams went back to watch his tape following a mammoth Combine performance. We're skeptical he'll go in the first round.
Fri, Apr 20, 2012 02:58:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that he's looking to use the No. 9 overall pick on a player that will "help us right away."

These comments suggest that the Panthers are not interested in Memphis NT Dontari Poe. Poe certainly has a ton of upside, but he's a raw project that will need some time to develop. ESPN's Pat Yasinskas suggests Mississippi DT Fletcher Cox and Boston College LB Luke Kuechly as more polished possibilities.
Fri, Apr 20, 2012 02:37:00 PM

According to SI's Peter King, Memphis NT Dontari Poe is drawing the "widest disparity of opinion" of any potential early first-round pick.

King spoke with an "AFC personnel man" who compared Poe to Ravens DT Haloti Ngata, but says he heard more comments like "the guy just disappears in games." Despite Poe's underwhelming college production, King still believes one of the Combine's biggest stars will go "somewhere soon" after the Chiefs at No. 11, perhaps to the Jets at No. 16. SI's Tony Pauline recently reported Poe was the "apple of (the Cowboys') eyes" at No. 14.
Mon, Apr 16, 2012 10:08:00 AM

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