It was a really good idea, for the mountainous defensive tackle from Memphis, whose 1.7-second 10-yard split was unheard of for a man his size, and whose bench-press reps were the most of any player lifting.
Poe is among an extraordinary-looking group of d-tackles, one of whom could end up tempting the Eagles at 15th overall in the NFL draft, when it starts on April 26.
That bunch includes Penn State's Devon Still, profiled separately, and the following prospects:
LSU's Michael Brockers (6-5, 322), who came into the combine rated at the top of the pack. Since teams say they draft off game tape and not drills, he might stay there, but Poe certainly made that an interesting dilemma. Brockers did not run the 40 or bench-press at the combine.
"I feel like I need more reps under my belt. I want it to be perfect," Brockers said. "Just want to get some more technique under my belt and do it perfectly."
Michigan State's Jerel Worthy (6-2, 308) agreed that consistency was the rap against him, but said he worked hard last season to erase that. "It's something I've gotten better at, from the beginning of my season last year to the end of my season. I showed up with a lot of marquee games, made my imprint on the game," Worthy said.
Worthy is lauded for his power but is said to struggle against double-teams.
Fletcher Cox (6-4, 298), who blocked four kicks at Mississippi State. "Coaches get excited in practice when I do it," Cox said. "You get the whole team going."
Cox, a high school sprinter, can play inside or outside. He is more of a pass-rusher than a run-stopper.
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