With the 11th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft the Kansas City Chiefs select…

DONTARI POE?

Not a big fan of the pick. But, it could have been worse, we could have selected Ryan Tannehill.

The majority of Chiefs fans wanted Stanford left guard David DeCastro, who the Chiefs SHOULD HAVE taken. He coincidently fell all the way to Pittsburgh at No. 24 because of shoulder and knee injury concerns. Anyway, Andrew will break down the draft, so I won’t get into that now.

Poe is a 6-4, 346-pounder who can run a 4.9 40. It’s hard to dislike his size and natural athleticism for such a big player. He’s not just a guy who plays to occupy space and blockers – which is what a 3-4 nose tackle is supposed to do.

The Chiefs had Poe as their top DT before the combine, where Poe really blew up.

Combine results:
40-yard dash – 4.98 secs
Bench press – 44 reps
Vertical jump – 29.5″
Broad jump – 8’9″
3-cone drill – 7.90 secs
20-yard shuttle – 4.56 secs

Poe obviously has impressive athleticism for a man his size, but did not consistently dominate against the lower level of competition that Memphis faced week in and week out and ONLY earned second-team Conference USA honors. But, if anyone can turn the raw workout warrior into a real force to be reckoned with, it is Romeo Crennel.

It is not a shocking pick for the Chiefs, as this was a position of need, I just hope they were not reaching. His game tape does not equate to the 11th overall pick in the draft and GM Scott Pioli has said a number of times that game tape is the most important factor in picking a player.

Poe should have a decent shot at starting right away, competing with last year’s sixth round pick Jerrell Powe and Amon Gordon. Anthony Torbio is also still here.

On the phone, Crennel said, “You’re going to come in here and we’re going to give you a great chance to compete. I’m looking for you to play on all downs.”

Crennel added: “Rookies, I never let rookies be the starter. When Eric Berry came, I didn’t make him a starter. He had to go out there and show me something first so Poe is going to have to do the same.”

But…

“I’m excited about the pick myself, I’ll let you kow that. Poe, he played at Memphis and he played several different positions along the defensive line — outside, 3-technique, 5-technique, nose tackle. And he played them all during the course of the game. At 350 pounds, he played every snap in the game. If a guy that large can play every snap without laying down and quitting, there’s something to him. We think if we can get him and put him in an Xs and Os spot and let him play one position and learn all the techniques and blocking schemes from that position, I think we’re going to see a really good player. Not that he’s a bad player now. he has a lot of ability. He can run. He’s strong. You can even see him on third down because he has that ability where he can affect the quarterback in the pocket. As we looked at the board, we were ready for several players and as they went off the board, and when we made the pick he was still there. We made the choice and we feel good about the choice.”

Poe had three defensive coordinators in three years. Crennel and the defensive staff has their work cut out for them.

Poe is only the second first-rounder from Memphis (RB De’Angelo Williams) in the last 15 years and is the fourth first round defensive line selection for the Chiefs since 2006. He is also the first defensive player drafted in the first round since defensive back Jerome Woods was selected as the 28th overall pick, also by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1996.

“Finally a dream realized…KC let’s b great. Thank you god #blessed,” Poe said via Twitter.

Poe used all the haters as motivation.

“My motivation is pretty much unlimited right now,” Poe said. “I just want to get in and start proving that I’m ready to play at the next level. When I actually heard my name called, I just went numb. Being drafted that high and by that team was a best-case scenario.”

Check out this moment Poe shared on draft day.

***

Six of the first seven draft slots were traded before the Chiefs went on the clock with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Nine of the first 14 picks would eventually be dealt before the round closed with 14 of 32 picks being traded. The Chiefstried to trade Bowe last night for 1st rd pick, but no team was willing to give up their first round pick.

“The fact is we like this player, we really like this player,” Pioli said. “There were opportunities to maybe to trade up but would’ve cost too much and then there were opportunities where we could’ve moved back. We had two sound opportunities to trade back and not take this player but chose not to because we wanted this player. We felt, based on where we think some of the help is needed on defense, we thought this was the right pick to make.”

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