On the Cowboys’ interest…
On the Monday of the combine, when we reported the Dallas Cowboys were the favorites to sign free agent cornerback Brandon Carr, we also posted the team was looking heavily at offensive lineman Cordy Glenn. Several sources have told us in recent weeks the franchise has shifted its focus to the defensive line and as of today Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe is the apple of their eyes.
The Cowboys did not bring in defensive tackle Dontari Poe as expected. According to a team source, the Cowboys “like him a lot but don’t want to draw attention to him.”
Considering this is the age of the misinformation season, take that with a grain of salt. While it is keeping with comments made by owner Jerry Jones last week that the Cowboys are very impressed with Poe, it is contrary to how they have operated the past six seasons.
Since 2006, the first player picked by the Cowboys has come to the team’s Valley Ranch headquarters for a pre-draft visit.
Of course, the last time it didn’t happen was in 2005 when they selected linebacker DeMarcus Ware _ a decision that has turned out quite nicely.
I watched some “tape” of him, if that’s what you can call YouTube videos, and, well… I’ll just be blunt. His game film kinda sucks. Check out the 0:27 mark of this video. It’s Poe vs. an Arkansas St. running back that Poe outweighs by about 150 lbs. He’s basically just content to be blocked by a man a little more than half his size. Definitely not the mindset you want to see from your DT. Here’s a less grainy video, from Memphis’ game against Tulane. Tulane, by the way, was 2-11 in 2011. They lost 45-6 to freaking Army. I’ll stop short of calling Poe a non-factor in this game. You’re most definitely a factor when the opposing team gives you a fair share of double teams, but it’s not impressive in the slightest.
Obviously, Poe’s Combine measurables were off the charts, but I just don’t see a football player worthy of being drafted in the first half of the first round here. Not even close. I’d have to imagine both teams are throwing out smokescreens.