Sapp: Teams could reach for D-linemen; Poe the real deal

Editor’s note: Warren Sapp, a former Super Bowl-winning defensive tackle and current NFL Network analyst, watched all the defensive linemen work out Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine and shared his thoughts.

INDIANAPOLIS — Hands down, Dontari Poe is the defensive lineman who jumps out at me after watching Monday’s workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Hands down. All 346 pounds of the big fella.

Can you believe he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds? Poe looks like a refrigerator. He’s not supposed to move like that.

The most impressive part was his first 10 yards. He showed some explosiveness, and forgive me for saying this, but I saw a little bit of myself in him.

Poe aside, though, this is an interesting class of D-linemen. This group out-ran the draft class from two years ago featuring Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy. They were blazing for big guys, and that might have some teams reaching in the draft.

You’ve got Michael Brockers, who a lot of teams seem to love. But I have questions, because he doesn’t have much experience. He passes the eyeball test, but there isn’t a body of work. You almost think that if he stayed in school for his senior year, he could’ve easily been the No. 1 DT next year. Brockers didn’t blow my mind today, so he’ll have to get going at his pro day.

Nick Perry is another guy who passes the eyeball test, but he’s stiff on film. Fluidity isn’t something you can just inject into a player. He’s another kid who will have to rise to the occasion at his pro day.

Devon Still talked great coming into the combine. He said he was the top DT in this draft. But he didn’t blow us away today. When you turn on the film to watch him, you sometimes say, ‘Wow, he’s great’, and other times your like, ‘Why is he playing like that?’

So I guess we’ll see how this all goes down come April. I hope the DTs represent.

— Warren Sapp

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