With the 11th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected DT Dontari Poe from Memphis
Scouts Inc. assigned a rating of 92 to Poe and ranked him as the 3rd best defensive tackle.
You can see his school profile here.
For the second year in a row, the Chiefs make an unexpected pick. That’s not to say Poe hasn’t been connected to Kansas City throughout the draft process, but this sort of boom or bust prospect isn’t something Pioli generally favors. With Jonathan Baldwin last season and now Poe, he clearly is more willing to roll the dice.
The Chiefs had a gaping hole in the middle of the defensive line and at 6’3″, 346 pounds, Poe can more than fill it. The question is, will he be more the ordinary guy that was second team in Conference USA or the combine star that pushed him to the top of the first round?
From the minute he was first mentioned as a potential pick for Kansas City, I was absolutely frightened. For a team that should be in a position to make a jump in 2013 back to the top of the AFC West, a player that you know will contribute immediately seemed like a much better choice.
Again, he fills a huge need, but it’s hard to get excited about a guy that will have to do things in the NFL he was never able to get done in a bad conference in college.