Kansas City Chiefs: Why Dontari Poe Will Struggle in His Rookie Season

May 23, 2012   ·   Alen Dumonjic   ·   Jump to comments

If there's one word to describe Kansas City Chiefs first-round pick Dontari Poe, it's immense. He has immense size and talent that could make him a Hall of Fame nose tackle one day. But he could also potentially be an immense bust.
Despite Poe's physical ability, of all of the first-round picks, he's the most likely to struggle because of his rawness and his transition to a new position in a new scheme.
Poe comes to Kansas City as the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and a lot of pressure on him to produce early in his football career. This can be overwhelming for a smaller-school prospect like Poe, who played at the University of Memphis. He is expected to be able to immediately transition into a starting role at the nose tackle position in the Chiefs' 3-4 front. 
The 3-4 front that Kansas City runs is a bit different from the majority of 30 (three down linemen) fronts that are being used in the NFL today. The majority of 3-4 NFL teams run a version of the B...

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