Chiefs Draft Donatari Poe in First Round

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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The Kansas City Chiefs have selected Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, filling one of their biggest needs with one of the biggest gambles in the NFL draft.

The Chiefs went with the 6-foot-4, 346-pound tackle with the No.
11 pick Thursday night after his impressive performance at the
scouting combine. The massive Poe pushed 44 reps with 225 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.98 seconds.

General manager Scott Pioli has established a reputation for
being risk-averse with his draft philosophy. But in choosing Poe,
Pioli gambled on the raw athletic ability of a player who managed
only 33 tackles, eight tackles for loss and one sack in Conference
USA last season.

He's expected to slide into the Chiefs' 3-4 defense immediately.


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