Dontari Poe is a defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs. After starring at University of Memphis, he was a Second-Team All-Pro selection and made his first Pro Bowl for the Chiefs in 2013.
Poe was born on August 18, 1990 in Memphis, TN and attended Wooddale High School. He had never played football prior to high school, but he developed into an All-State honorable mention defensive tackle by his junior season. After making 63 tackles and recording 8.0 sacks during his junior season, he was recruited by several SEC schools as well as Memphis. He also made his mark on the track team, grabbing state titles in shot put as a junior and senior.
University of Memphis
Poe decided to attend the University of Memphis to continue his playing career, and he received a redshirt in 2008. He played in 11 games in 2009, leading the team with seven tackles for a loss and finishing with 27 tackles. After earning All-Conference USA honorable mention honors as a sophomore, he tallied 33 tackles and recorded eight tackles for a loss as a junior. His strong performance garnered an honorable mention All-American selection by Pro Football Weekly, and he opted to forgo his senior season to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
Kansas City Chiefs
An impressive NFL combine vaulted Poe into discussion as a potential top ten pick, and the Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the 11th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. He struggled during training camp, but eventually earned a starting job at defensive nose tackle late in the preseason and started all 16 games as a rookie, finishing with 38 tackles. He improved greatly during his second full season, making 51 tackles and 4.5 sacks en route to being named Second-Team All-Pro and earning a trip to his first Pro Bowl.
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