So it came as no surprise when the defensive tackle prospect opted to stand on his eye-popping combine performances when Memphis held its pro day on March 22.
Poe (6-foot-3 1/9, 339 pounds) has visited with the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles recently, and is projected to go as high as No. 9 (to the Carolina Panthers) or as low as No. 30 (San Francisco 49ers) in mock drafts released in the past week by NFL.com and NFL Network experts.
Other notable performances from Memphis’ pro day include:
Ronald Leary, G (6-foot-3 1/8, 314 pounds) — Like Poe, Leary stood on his numbers from the combine. Leary was worked out by Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Bill Callahan. Leary has really helped himself in the offseason, going from being a projected sixth- or seventh-round draft choice to possibly going as early as the fourth round.
Frank Trotter, DT (6-1 3/8, 269) — Trotter ran the 40-yard dash in 4.86 and 4.87 seconds, had a 32-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-1 broad jump, had a 4.51-second short shuttle and 7.21-second three-cone, and did 25 strength lifts. Trotter, who was not at the combine, is a likely rookie free-agent pickup following the draft.
Memphis’ pro day was held indoors on FieldTurf and attended by 23 NFL teams, including offensive coaches from the Chicago Bears, New York Jets and St. Louis Rams, and defensive coaches from the Eagles and Washington Redskins.