With the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft the Kansas City Chiefs selected DT Dontari Poe from Memphis. Poe was second team all-conference in Conference USA, which doesn’t sound great but his athletic ability is outstanding. Poe stood out more than any other defensive lineman in the the rookie combine before the draft. He had the best bench press performance and ran the 40 yard dash in under 5 seconds. That’s very impressive for a man that weighs almost 350 pounds. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is known as one of the best defensive line coach’s in the game so Poe will have great guidance going into his rookie season. The big knock on Poe, however, is his lack of dominance in a mediocre league in college. For being such a big and strong nose tackle, he did not get many tackles or sacks and in several instances was easily blocked out of the play. Romeo believes with the right coaching he can turn into a dominate nose tackle for the Chiefs defensive line and can really impact the rush defense.
The KC Chiefs went with linemen in rounds 2 and 3 as well. In the second round the Chiefs took OL Jeff Allen from Illinois. In the third round the Chiefs took OL Donald Stephenson from Oklahoma. Both Allen and Stephenson are going to struggle to start this season with the Chiefs returning most of their starting linemen and signing veteran Eric Winston in the off season. After those two big guys were taken, the Chiefs went on to draft a WR, DB, RB, DL, and another WR.
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