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February 27, 2012

Memphis DT has big combine

Dontari Poe likely jumped up the Panthers' draft board – as well as those of every other team needing defensive line help – with an impressive combine performance that showed off the Memphis defensive tackle's enticing blend of speed and power.

After Poe did a combine-best 44 reps on the 225-pound bench press Sunday, he followed that up Monday by running the 40-yard dash in an official time of 4.98 seconds.

Did we mention Poe weighs 346 pounds?

Poe did not arrive in Indianapolis an an unknown. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. mentioned him as one of the top defensive tackles in a pre-combine conference call a couple weeks ago.

Penn State's Devon Still engaged LSU's Michael Brockers in a debate – through the media – Saturday about who was the top defensive tackle in the draft. Poe just ran his way into the conversation.

Other notable performances Monday:

--UNC linebacker Zach Brown ran the second-fastest 40 among linebackers at 4.50. Cal's Marvin Kendricks ran a 4.47.

--Two of the top defensive ends – UNC's Quinton Coples and South Carolina's Melvin Ingram ran 4.78 and 4.79, respectively.

--Arizona State's Omar Bolden did 25 reps on the bench, most among cornerbacks. South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore, who's from Rock Hill, did 15.

--Joseph Person



Posted by Observer Sports on February 27, 2012 at 04:30 PM | Permalink


Second round, Bruce Irvin-OLB. If you do not know who this guy is, look him up.

Posted by: Real Panther | Feb 27, 2012 4:55:43 PM

You know, with the rookie cap, one way to cut payroll would be to trade an overpaid vet for a high draft pick(s).

Posted by: Authority | Feb 27, 2012 5:35:07 PM

Stats don't lie though, and despite that impressive showing, it's at least worth mentioning Poe had only 33 tackles and ONE sack this season. I admit he's a physical talent, but so was Mike Mamula at the combine. Melvin Ingram threw out some amazing numbers this season and equally had an impressive combine. There's weight room stats and there are field stats, and Ingram trumps them all.

Posted by: Wow | Feb 27, 2012 6:02:34 PM

Great article. We should definitely draft this guy if the opportunity presents itself.

Posted by: Ron | Feb 27, 2012 6:15:22 PM

Likin Brockers though

Posted by: DieHardCat | Feb 28, 2012 3:31:24 AM

It would have been interesting to see what Poe would have done on LSU's defense. Those numberes he put up @ the combine were like Ndamukong Suh's plus he out weighs him by 4o lbs. Crazy

Posted by: Kevin | Feb 28, 2012 10:37:42 AM

he's a combine stud... don't mistake that for greatness.

Posted by: tmack652 | Feb 28, 2012 12:49:48 PM

totally wrong tmack, Poe was good but his numbers are misleading. He was a NT, meant to take up blockers like a good NT should, he didnt play as a pass rush tackle. Teams who pass on him do so at their own risk.

Posted by: Rick | Feb 28, 2012 1:26:59 PM

▲ What Rick said, and you might even be able to trade down and get him

Posted by: Phil57 | Feb 28, 2012 4:45:27 PM

Take Poe no matter what, this is the DT the Panthers have been missing ever since Kris Jenkins left (when he was healthy).

Posted by: Jody | Feb 28, 2012 7:22:17 PM

why has it taken so long for people to understand HE'S A 350 NOSE TACKLE THAT TAKES UP THE SAME ROOM AS OUR STARTING DTS COMBINED.

Posted by: Big Chow | Feb 28, 2012 8:15:28 PM

why has it taken so long for people to understand MARTY HURNEY WILL BLOW THE PICK NO MATTER WHAT. worst GM in the league. he took Cam. then what? nothing. and the Panthers are $10 million over the salary cap with a team full of overpaid, underperforming veterans.

t-minus 10 minutes and counting until Joe Person has this post deleted b/c it's not pro-Marty....

Posted by: Lilttle Chow | Feb 29, 2012 9:39:41 AM

Yep, Hurney doesn't look that great right now but give it time to see how things play out. Seeing good players on the Steelers like Roethlisberger, Woodley, Timmons & Taylor restructure their contracts to help out the team makes me think that is why they stay so good every year. Maybe Smith, D-Will & Charles Johnson could help out the Panthers the same way.

Posted by: Kevin | Feb 29, 2012 10:19:36 AM

Panthers have historically picked pretty well in the 1st round. After that I am not too sure (some decent picks and some flops) but usually the 1st rd pick pans out. We'll need it this yr assuming we are going with defense

Posted by: EP | Feb 29, 2012 1:09:40 PM

haven't picked well beyond the 1st (and 2nd if we have one) since Bill Polian.

Posted by: AG | Feb 29, 2012 1:54:14 PM

I agree Little Chow. Our second round pick was basically Armantia Edwards, in the third we didn't draft Kendrick Ellis but McClain (not too bad) and "who the hell is" Fua. Drafted Hogan in the 4th when he wouldve gone later instead of maybe Salas. Drafted Pilares instead of Burton and Sherman (by far worst move, not b/c Pilares can't play but we couldve had him and a 6'4" corner). They pass up on Jones out of Mich. St. and Herzlich. Only good pick after Cam was Ziemba.

Posted by: Big Chow | Feb 29, 2012 5:29:12 PM

Please don't pick a combine athlete! See Vernon Gholston.

Posted by: Sambo | Mar 1, 2012 12:02:13 PM

Gotta get Poe. He was/is a NT. He is a freakish athlete who obviously knows how to play his position. Thats what makes a great NFL player.

Posted by: southernfriedice | Mar 3, 2012 1:44:06 PM

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