CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman interviewed one veteran college offensive line coach who game planned against Poe in Conference USA. The position coach gave Poe mixed reviews.
“He’s probably the best talent I’ve seen in several years,” said the assistant. “He took plays off and wasn’t a great effort guy, but he is a freakish talent.”
Feldman suggested that most oversized defensive linemen take some snaps off.
“Yeah,” the coach conceded. “But he took off more than most. He did get better last year than he was the year before. He just was never that productive, but I heard they didn’t require him to do that much. He was definitely someone I took into account with schemes. … I’m not at all surprised to hear that he’s blowing up at the Combine, at all.”
Hm. There could be a lot of things going on right here. It could be the guy was bitter, maybe he has a personal vendetta against Poe? Or, it could be some team is finding these guys to bring up dirt, hoping he'll drop to them. (Like Miami with Marino, supposedly leaking that Marino had drug problems so the Steelers wouldn't draft him.)
But, all DTs do take plays off. I mean, when you weigh 350lbs, and you're probably the only decent player on your defense, you probably get tired pretty easily.