INDIANAPOLIS -- Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe had distinguished himself from a deep DT class primarily because of his size -- 6-4, 346 -- and in that he's a natural fit as a nose tackle in a league with few built for that part.
Monday he stood out in another way -- by bench-pressing 225 pounds 44 times, the best at the 2012 Scouting Combine but seven short of the recognized event mark.
Poe made good on his prediction of pushing up 225 at least 40 times.
How the feat of strength affects his draft status is unpredictable in that the deep, talented crop of defensive linemen will set up something of a "What's your Flavor?" scenario for evaluators.
For example, Poe's bulk, superhero strength and surprising agility might convince teams he's much more than just a nose tackle.
Scouts consider him an athletic freak and his combination of upper- and lower-body strength implies that comparisons to Ravens' All-Pro five-technique defensive end Haloti Ngata have some merit.
Ngata was the ninth overall pick and it's possible Poe will be pushed up the board because of his rare collection of skills and natural size. The Panthers own the ninth pick in 2012 and are definitely in the market for interior D-line help. They've already set up a meeting with 323-pound Michael Brockers (LSU) and are sure to consider Poe.