Looking out over the vast expanse of NFL analysis coming out today reflecting back on the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, it's clear that very few people are immediately happy with the Kansas City Chiefs' selection of Dontari Poe at No. 11. Whether they believed there was better value available or that Poe is too much of a project, Scott Pioli is getting some second-guesses on this one. Here's a complete round-up of opinions from all around the Interwebs.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post likes the upside with Poe:
Dontari Poe is one of the prospects that intrigued me leading up to the draft because of the big combine workout paired with the inconsistent tape. Did the Chiefs reach on him? Not if he can control the interior of the D-Line when K.C. looks to get after the QB. Still, an interesting pick from Scott Pioli.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives the Chiefs a "C" grade:
He's a big wide body for the middle of the KC defense, but he has to start making plays. He looks the part, but where are the numbers?
Mike Mayock of NFL.com says the Chiefs potentially scored the next dominant 3-4 anchor:
Think Haloti Ngata. That's the kind of skill set and the kind of size he brings to the table. He's got average college tape, but he's got freakish athletic ability for a big man. Romeo Crennel has a good one here to coach up. ... Most rookie defensive tackles get taken off the field on third downs. This kid's best down is third down.
Sporting News Vinnie Iyer says Crennel has some work to do here:
The Chiefs went for the Combine workout warrior in Dontari Poe, hoping he can eat up necessary space in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense. Crennel will need to work with Poe to make him deliver on his promise as a consistently productive player.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated focuses on Pioli reversing his typical risk-free attitude:
Kansas City's general manager Scott Pioli is thought to be risk-averse, but he made one of the bigger rolls of the dice Thursday night when his Chiefs made Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe their first-round pick at No. 11. Poe is massively gifted from an athletic standpoint, but his game film was less than inspiring in 2011. That's the thing about those boom-bust types. You ever notice the boom part gets mentioned first, sometimes distracting us from the bust possibility?
The NFP's Wes Bunting has some motivational concerns:
I have some concerns about Memphis DT Dontari Poe being asked to do the dirty work and anchor the Kansas City 34 front. Physically and athletically he certainly has the talent. However, guys with motor problems rarely stay motivated clogging up run lanes inside
Cold Hard Football Facts says the Chiefs chose to address a non-issue and ignored the offensive woes of last season:
The Chiefs love their defensive tackles. Poe is now the ninth DT the team has drafted since 2002. Only the Titans have drafted more interior defensive linemen over that period. This pick is loaded with question marks, too. Kansas City's problems last year were on offense (31st in scoring), not on defense (12th in scoring). Poe could be largely overvalued, as well: a small-school guy who impressed more in workouts than he did on the field against quality competition.