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Dontari Poe posts eye-popping combine numbers

Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:59 am
 
Poe ran a 4.87 in his first attempt at the 40 on Monday. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

We told you earlier about Bruce Irvin, the defensive lineman/outside linebacker who ran an unofficial 4.43 in the 40 as a 245-pounder. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe, out of Memphis, might have managed to top that in terms of other-worldly feats.

After bench-pressing 225 pounds 44 times -- the most of any combine participant this year (though it was five reps short of the all-time record set by Stephen Paea) -- the 346-pounder ran an unofficial 4.87 in his first attempt at the 40 (he went 4.94 in his second attempt).

The fact a guy who weighs that much can be that strong and that fast is fairly ridiculous. As NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington writes, "RG(3)'s 4.41 40 is proportionate to a 346-lb man running it in 6.84 secs. And Poe (at 346 lbs) just did it in 4.87 secs.”

Poe is the 27th-ranked prospect in the NFLDraftScout.com rankings, and in his mock draft, Rob Rang projects Poe to go to the Bengals while the 21st pick, while Dane Brugler has him going to the Steelers at No. 24.

With a performance like today, though, Poe might have catapulted himself into the top-15.

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Comments

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Dontari Poe posts eye-popping combine numbers

I couldn't care less what a NT's 40 time is.  I want his 10 yard burst time, to see if plays with leverage, etc.  The things that actually matter for his position.  Pretty sure Poe isn't going to be returning punts and kickoffs. 

To the guy who asked how he went unnoticed, he hasn't.  He's the #1 NT prospect in the draft, projected to be a late-first round pick.   This, despite a pretty average career in Conference USA.  One sack and 8 tackles for loss indicates he's not exactly reading and exploding at the line.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:23 pm
 

Dontari Poe posts eye-popping combine numbers

This guy would be  a stud NT for any 3-4 but could you imagine him as a 4-3 DT? Man would be beastly, talk about getting pressure with your front 4!

Oh, and fyi to the genius that posted earlier, he is from Memphis, not Memphis State (if that is even a school???)



Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Dontari Poe posts eye-popping combine numbers

Steelers need this guy at 24 but think he will go sooner, would be great fit in the 3-4



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:53 pm
 

Dontari Poe posts eye-popping combine numbers

How does that guy go unnoticed?



Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:04 pm
 

Dontari Poe posts eye-popping combine numbers

Makes one wonder how he wound up at Memphis State ... & how Alabama or Auburn failed to purchase him.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:52 pm
 

Dontari Poe posts eye-popping combine numbers

Perfect for the San Diego Chargers if they want to fill the 3-4 Nose Tackle position with a quality player.  this is assuming they have coaches who know how to teach the man to play the Nose Tackle Position.


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