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Saturday, February 25, 2012
Could Poe be Pagano's nose in Indy?

By Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- At 6-foot-4 and 346 pounds, Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe will bring good size to an NFL defensive line.

Pro Football Weekly rates him as the top 3-4 nose tackle in the draft class, and Indianapolis is likely looking for just such an anchor as it begins to transform to Chuck Pagano’s preferred defensive front.

Poe told reporters at the scouting combine that he appreciates comparisons to Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton.

Poe said he’ll bring a lot more than an ability to take up blockers and clog the middle.

“I see myself as someone who can rush the passer a lot more than people think,” he said. “I am used to playing nose tackle and the 3-technique and I've played some 5-technique. I'm pretty comfortable anywhere on the defensive line.

“…I think I'm explosive, very explosive. That's probably my biggest strength. Most people think just because I'm big I do nothing but power … I try to use my quickness to my advantage."

Poe’s shooting for 40 reps bench pressing 225 pounds, which would be an impressive display of strength. He may rise to the first round, but could be a possibility for Indy at No. 34 overall, the second pick of the second round.