Is Dontari Poe the Chiefs’ third-best nose tackle?

Dontari Poe, Anthony Pleasant

When a team takes a player with the 11th pick in the NFL draft, that team is usually hoping that player can step in and start immediately. But the Chiefs selected nose tackle Dontari Poe with the 11th pick in this year’s draft, and not only is Poe not currently a starter, he may not even be second string.

The Kansas City Star reports that the real competition at nose tackle in Chiefs camp is between Anthony Toribio, who’s currently the starter, and Jerrell Powe, a 2011 sixth-round pick who played in only one game as a rookie but has looked good in camp and recorded a sack in the preseason opener.

When Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel discussed his three nose tackles’ performances in the preseason game against the Cardinals, the best he could say for Poe is that his effort is good. But in the NFL, there are no points for effort, and when discussing actual production from the nose tackle position, it was Toribio and Powe whom Crennel mentioned. Read more here…

Chiefs are not close to signing Dontari Poe

With the number of unsigned first-rounders dwindling, the remainders are becoming more conspicuous.

One of the unsigned players is the inherently conspicuous Dontari Poe, a six-foot, three-inch, 346-pound behemoth who was picked by the Chiefs with the 11th selection in the draft.
On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported (via that the Chiefs and Poe are “not close.”  Schefter also said that the next 24 hours will be critical.

As we move toward the end of that 24-hour period, it’s unknown whether the two sides are any closer than “not close.”

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