General manager Scott Pioli was known for taking the safe approach on draft day in New England. But for the second year in a row he is gambling on an athletic player with questionable tape in the first round. A year after selecting Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, Pioli and Co. selected Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe (above) at No. 11 overall. The 6-4, 346-pound Poe has the raw physical ability to be a star at nose tackle but head coach Romeo Crennel's biggest test yet with the Chiefs might be molding the raw Memphis Tiger into a consistent NFL player. The Chiefs addressed concerns along their offensive line with their next two selections of Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson but it could be fourth- and fifth-rounders Devon Wylie (wide receiver, Fresno State) and versatile defensive back DeQuan Menzie (Alabama) who wind up surprising.
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