Massive Memphis DT Poe has quickness to go with strength

INDIANAPOLIS — Good lord, is Dontari Poe a man or a monster?

If the Memphis defensive tackle’s performance at the NFL Scouting Combine is any indication, Poe is going to be a nightmare for offensive linemen in the NFL.

Poe had already established himself as the strongest man of the combine Sunday when he posted 44 bench press reps. Then on Monday, when D-linemen hit the field to work out at Lucas Oil Stadium, Poe turned some heads with an unreal unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.87 seconds.

His official time turned out to be 4.98.

Still, the man weighs 346 pounds, people. He’s not supposed to be able to outrun guys who are 100 pounds lighter.

Poe’s time is right on par with that of¬†Ndamukong Suh, who was a beast two years ago at the combine before the Lions drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick.

Poe wasn’t expected to be the first defensive tackle taken in the draft before the combine. But after that 40 time and a strong showing in drills, he’s definitely given teams something to think about.

— Simon Samano

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