Jason Poe: The Undrafted Wrecking Ball
By: Cole A. McMahon
The undrafted free agent Jason Poe seeks to secure a spot on the 49er’s 53-man roster this summer.
Jason Poe has a unique skill set, listed as a 6’1’’ 300-pound offensive lineman and a fullback who ran a speedy 4.89 40.
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Poe started his collegiate career at Hutchinson Community College (Kansas) in 2017. He transferred to Lenoir-Rhyne University (DII), where he became a decorated offensive lineman winning the Jacobs Blocking Trophy two years in a row, named First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region, and selected as a Don Hansen Second Team All-American. In his Junior year, Poe was named First Team All-American, Second Team All-American, and First Team All-Conference and Region (https://lrbears.com/sports/football/roster/jason-poe/3204).
Mercer University would become Jason Poe’s new home where he would play his final year of college football and look for an opportunity in the NFL.
Now Poe sees himself signed with the 49ers, taking the majority of 2nd-team reps in Training Camp, and surviving the first round of roster cuts from 90 players to 85 with two preseason games left.
Poe’s experience as an interior offensive lineman and fullback may provide a special appeal to the Kyle Shanahan offense.
During the 49ers’ mandatory minicamp, LT Trent Williams was asked about Poe, and Williams spoke with praise saying, “He has really good footwork and I think that athleticism from playing football is going to take him a long way, especially in this offense.”
(16:40 Trent Williams praising Jason Poe)
This type of praise from the best-left tackle in the league is sure to boost anyone’s confidence. If Poe is to make the team, Niner fans might be pondering the idea of a 300-pound fullback blasting through a defensive line for a first down. Wouldn’t that be a sight to see?
The Niners will have joint practices with the Minnesota Vikings this week and play a preseason game against them on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 4:00 pm. If you want to watch a true undrafted underdog story unfold, your eyes should be fixed on Jason Poe.