Dontari Poe was one of the biggest winners of the combine.
The 6'5" nose tackle is an absolute specimen. He saw his stock skyrocket after running an impressive 4.98-second 40-yard-dash, and a whopping 44 reps on the 225-pound bench press.
Poe is the very definition of a workout warrior. Based on game tape and production, Poe was found near the end of the first round, if at all, on most analysts' mocks. After posting great numbers in the workout setting Poe's stock has seen a sharp rise.
McShay is among those who believe the hype and has Poe landing with the Dallas Cowboys as the 14th overall selection.
McShay's evaluation of Poe could have him shaking his head a few years from now if he turns out to be more Dan Williams than B.J. Raji.
If you're asking who Dan Williams is, then you get my point.
In 2010, Dan Williams was among the hottest nose tackle prospects in the draft. A mammoth in his own right, Willams was rated highly by Mel Kiper Jr. and McShay—who had him in the top 10 in some versions of his mock.
Despite the hype, Williams saw a fairly substantial slide on draft day—waiting until the 24th selection before being taken by the Arizona Cardinals. Williams has largely been a bust, registering 58 career tackles with zero sacks in his limited playing time.
Poe's lack of production is concerning. While production doesn't tell the whole story for defensive tackles—especially in systems that require DTs to eat up a lot of space and free up linebackers—it is still a bit concerning that Poe didn't put up better numbers playing in Conference USA at Memphis.
Whether Poe turns out to be a good player at the NFL or not, McShay's selection for the Cowboys is still a head-scratcher.
Poe is not among the most NFL-ready prospects, and for a team that wants to win now, a pick like Alabama safety Mark Barron or Stanford guard David DeCastro makes more sense as a plug-and-play option that would help this team win right away.