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Bucky Brooks: Scouting Report on Dontari Poe

Dallas Cowboys
28 Mar 2020, 19:24 GMT+10

(Editor's Note: The team welcomes Bucky Brooks to the staff. Bucky brings a wealth of experience, not only as a former NFL player of five seasons, but also as a scout and on the pro personnel side for two teams. In the last decade, Brooks has worked in the media, including the NFL Network. Bucky will provide his own analysis and opinions of the Cowboys but also the entire NFL. Today, he breaks down one of the new free-agent signings in defensive tackle Dontari Poe.)

Name: Dontari Poe Position: Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle College: Memphis Height: 6-3 Weight: 345 Season: 9th Games Studied: 2019 (Panthers vs. Tampa Bay, Tennessee, and Atlanta)


Poe is a disruptive nose tackle with a game built on strength, power, and explosion. The ninth-year pro entered the NFL viewed as an athletic freak based on his size/strength/athleticism combination (see 4.89-second forty-yard dash and 44 bench reps at 346 pounds at the 2012 NFL Combine) and he's continued to dazzle with his explosive athleticism as a pro. Poe has 20.5 career sacks but is at his best occupying blockers at a run stuffer at the point. He is a rare find at the position as a 350-pounder with the size and strength to "two-gap" from a square position or attack as a one-gap penetrator playing on the edges of a blocker.

Poe bullies blockers with his strength and power, exhibiting an unstoppable bull rush move and butt-and-jerk maneuver. Additionally, he will combine a quick-arm over with an explosive first-step to slip through cracks at the line to meet ball carriers in the hole.

As a pass rusher, Poe is punishing pocket pusher with overwhelming strength and power. He routinely walks blockers into the lap of the quarterback utilizing a variety of power-based maneuvers to win against one-on-one or double teams at the line of scrimmage. Poe's persistence and relentlessness result in a number of garbage sacks when the secondary blankets receivers on the perimeter. Studying the game tape, Poe's stamina, energy, and non-stop motor stand out, particularly on his pass rush efforts. It is hard to find 350-pound defenders who play hard from snap to whistle while logging significant defensive snaps as a three-down player.

Although it is unlikely to see Poe reach double digits as a sack producer, he is a credible threat as a pass rusher and nearly impossible to contain as a run stuffer.

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