Exclusive interview with Mercer OL Jason Poe: Small school journey, playing FB, and more

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Mercer offensive lineman Jason Poe is one of the most unique players in the entire 2022 NFL Draft. If the NY Jets or any team is looking for a bowling ball of an interior lineman who can double as a fullback, they should look no further than Poe.

A no-star recruit coming out of high school, Poe was forced to change positions and go the JUCO route in an attempt to continue his football career. His five-year college journey has taken him to the NFL's doorstep — all he's looking for now is an opportunity.

At 6-foot, 300 pounds, what Poe lacks in size he more than makes up for with athleticism, motor, and desire. There may not be a player in this draft class more determined to succeed than this man right here.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Jason about everything from his football journey to the NFL Draft process to his wholesome hobbies off the field. Below is a full transcription of our conversation.

Jason Poe's football beginnings

Justin Fried: "So growing up you didn't really play a ton of football. It wasn't until high school that you tried out and eventually made the team. What was it that made you want to start playing?"

Jason Poe: "Me and my friend, Lecitus Smith, we started around the same time. They were calling over the intercom, 'anyone want to join JV for bodies?' We had already seen the guys wearing the jerseys and getting food on Fridays. So I asked Lecitus, 'do you want to go?' He was like 'I don't care.' And I was like, 'let's go man, if we're going to do it, we have to work hard every day.' Every single day, it's just been paying off."

JF: "And so [Lecitus Smith] was on your team, but he didn't play offensive line then, right? He was a tight end."

JP: "He was a tight end, yep."

JF: "And it wasn't until he got to college that they moved him to the offensive line and now look at him, he's an NFL draft prospect just like you."

JP: "Exactly man, it's amazing."