There has been a lot of talk about the Panthers selecting Michael Brockers from LSU with their 9th overall pick in the draft. However, I think another defensive tackle that had a great combine could quickly draw some interest from general manager Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera. That player is Dontari Poe. Poe is a massive 6-4, 350-pound run stuffer and could be exactly what the Panthers are looking for in the middle of their depleted defensive line. He wowed everyone at the combine with his towering size and amazing athleticism. At the combine Poe ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.9 seconds. To put that in perspective Ndamukong Suh, who is regarded as one of the most athletic defensive tackles to ever come through the combine, ran an official time of 5.03 a couple years ago and he was 50 pounds lighter than Poe. Poe also proved to be the strongest player at the combine regarding any position. He belted out 44 reps on the 225-pound bench press; he also had a vertical of almost 30 inches.
Brockers, however, didn’t do much to plead his case as the best defensive tackle in the draft. He ran a measly 5.35 40 time, and could only pump out 19 reps on the 225 pound bench press. Although Poe doesn’t have anywhere near the publicity that Brockers has, the Panthers should definitely consider drafting him with the 9th overall pick. He has the potential to be a dominant force in the trenches.