Poe makes big impact at NFL Combine

Posted: February 28, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - After he checked in at 6-4, 346, but before he blasted through 44 bench-press reps of 225 pounds and ran a 4.98-second 40, Dontari Poe told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine he wasn't going to wait for a pro day to showcase his skills, he figured he could handle the combine stuff just fine.

"I'm doing everything," Poe said, providing a refreshing break from passers who didn't want to pass and runners who didn't want to run, except in familiar environments. "It's just competition. I like it. I like it all. I've been working out for it and just thought it'd be a good idea to do it all."

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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