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NFL Draft 2012: Dontari Poe's Game Tape Is 'Very Average'

Former Memphis defensive lineman Dontari Poe is a player that has often been linked to the Kansas City Chiefs in recent mock drafts. The huge nose tackle has been considered a solid pick for the Chiefs, who go on the clock with the No. 11 overall pick, and could help them shore up the defensive line. However, Mike Mayock has recently dropped Poe down in recent mock drafts, stating that his game-tape is extremely average.

"Coming off the combine I wanted to show people what a freak this kid Poe is, and he is a physical freak, no doubt," Mayock said Monday. "However, the tape is very average, so how do you match the two up -- potential vs. his actual game footage? When I look at this kid I see a freaky athlete with a good motor. If you have those two things, over time, I believe over time you can develop into a high-quality NFL player. But the key is time ... so I moved Poe back with the expectation that he needs to get into a good locker room with a mentor in that defensive line group who can show this kid how to play football."

If the Chiefs are looking for an interior defensive lineman that can contribute right away, Poe might not be their guy. However, with his upside, and there's a lot of upside when it comes to Poe, they may overlook any potential problems with his game tape or how long it will take him to come into his own and grab him anyway.

Either way, Poe is likely going to be a first-round pick. The only question is whether or not teams will consider drafting him "taking a chance."

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