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Kansas City Chiefs Player Profile: Dontari Poe

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The NFL offseason is winding down and preseason football is right around the corner. KC Kingdom wants to pump you up for football season with player profiles until the very first regular season kickoff. Today’s featured player is nose tackle and 2012 first round draft pick Dontari Poe.

How did Dontari Poe become a Kansas City Chief?

Poe played college ball at Memphis and was an interesting prospect coming out of college. Many of the analysts labeled him as a “boom or bust” kind of guy, so I was a little nervous when the Chiefs drafted him with the 11th overall pick in 2012.

Simply put, I was an idiot for doubting Poe. He has been an absolute beast on defense and I hope to see him in a Chiefs uniform for many years to come.

2013 stats

As I said above, Dontari Poe has been fantastic. Last year was only his sophomore season in the pros and he made his name known around the league. He recorded 71 tackles, 8 defended passes, and 4.5 sacks in 15 starts (the one game he didn’t start was in week 17 against the Chargers when a lot of key starters sat out).

The best part about all of this is that Poe is only getting warmed up. Only two years in the NFL and he’s easily one of the best nose tackles in the league.

Overall

I feel stupid for ever doubting Poe in the draft, but he has proved me and all of the other doubters wrong. He should continue to have great success in the league and terrify opposing offenses.

When you look at the Chiefs’ defensive roster, Poe, Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, and newcomer Dee Ford, you have to think this defense should kick some major butt in 2014 (hopefully the secondary doesn’t screw that up).

Look for Dontari Poe to have yet another incredible season this year.

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