Pat Kirwan of Sirius NFL Radio talks Cowboys draft with BaD Radio…
Just got a chance to listen to this and it was interesting to see Bob talking about Poe and Brockers. I had a friendly disagreement with Bob today about these two guys. We all know I hate Poe because he wasn’t even a first rounder until the combine in February.
Bob is throwing in Haloti Ngata’s name in the conversation with Poe which is comical to me, read here.
Which takes us back to the Haloti Ngata comparison. At Oregon, Ngata totaled 10.5 sacks in 3 seasons and 23.5 tackles for loss. Better, but not substantially better as Ngata never eclipsed 3.5 sacks in a single season. Then, as Ngata was getting All-Pro accolades he had just 6.5 sacks in his first 4 seasons combined. Basically, dominating the league while averaging 1.5 sacks a season. A good nose tackle is not about big numbers. It is about attracting attention, causing chaos, and keeping your linebackers clean.
Phil Taylor, Baylor’s big nose tackle that went to Cleveland last year had 5.5 sacks in 3 years of college football. Then, the 335 pound DT had 4 sacks as a rookie and was mighty disruptive all season. Like Poe, he came out of nowhere to settle into the 1st round of last year’s draft. And the Browns are pleased to have him.
Ngata was getting double teams in the Pac 10 and was occasionally dominating. He didn’t need the combine for people to know his name three months before the draft like we are seeing with Poe.
He thinks the Cowboys should draft Poe over Brockers if it came down to them two at #14. I would not take Poe anywhere in round one. He had three years to give us some glimpses on tape that he could create havoc in a backfield. And telling me the offensive lineman who were playing Memphis could not move him isn’t telling me much. Pac 10 offensive lineman were not moving Ngata and he was occasionally beating those double teams which is why he was drafted 12th overall back in 2006.
These coversations about Poe are going on all over the country right now. Fun times. We’ll see in three years what he becomes.
I say he’s the next Jonathan Sullivan, not the next Haloti Ngata.
If you want the next Jay Ratliff type for the Cowboys then this is your guy…
Chapman is smaller than Poe, 6’1 303 vs 6’5 340, but holds the point of attack just as well. He shows you the ability to break free from time to time to attack the pocket while playing against SEC opponents on the best defensive in that conference for years. And he’s not going to cost you the #14 pick in the draft.
Remember that Jason Garrett is great friends with Saban too so he is going to know eery detail about Chapman.