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To Poe or not to Poe that is the question

Having gone to a C-USA school for four years and personally watching Mr. Combine Star himself play I will say he makes an intriguing case for being our pick at 9. People refer to the fact that he did not produce in college and that his stats show him as not being an impact player. First that is understandable and going to Memphis is not an excuse by any means but it is hard to get motivated to play each week beside players that honestly wouldnt make the water boy team for an SEC team. Poe was constantly not only double but triple teamed on the line because he had not coverage help and his counter parts on the d-line were awful. Also he had 3 different head coaches that played him in 3 different schemes and anyone that knows the troubles of Alex Smith in San Fransisco one of the major factors was lack of stability at the head coaching position. I think that if Rivera got a hold of the immense physical talents that Poe possesses he could at least in his first year turn him into an incredible run stopper that would allow Beason and Anderson to fly around the backfield unblocked. He basically did at the combine what everyone expected Brockers to do except at 20 pounds of muscle heavier. The guy is an absolute animal that shows quickness that honestly not even the defensive ends demonstrated. He would also give us the chance to eventually transition to a 3-4 if that is what we really wanted to do. If you look at most of the top teams from the playoffs last year they all have great defensive lines. Even the Patriots whose defense was awful last year has Vince Wilfork who dominates the line of scrimmage and allowed them to absolutely destroy tebow by taking away the run game. I reminisce of Kris Jenkins when I see Poe a player with incredible upside that could allow CJ and the linebacking core to do absolute work on teams next year. Rivera said he wanted to find his Cam Newton on the defensive side and I think he did in Dontari Poe. A player that if coached properly could destroy teams and force them to scheme around stopping him for years to come just like Cam does on the other side of the ball.

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