Dayton’s Adam Trautman, a TE from Elk Rapids, MI, is taking a swim to become a Saint.
The big tight end bullied lesser competition at FCS Pioneer League Dayton to the tune of 70 receptions, 916 yards, and 14 touchdowns a year ago. His size makes him an interesting development pick at 106th overall. The 6-5, 255 pound former Flyer adds to an offense that features a good amount of tight end usage in the passing game.
Trautman’s big frame gave him an advantage against lesser competition, but that doesn’t mean that he’s not an NFL body. He displays good body control, using his body as a shield to fight through tight coverage and open a window for his quarterback. Trautman has good quickness, accelerating out of breaks and using stem moves effectively. This helps him get to top speed very quickly out of his stance.
As we’ve seen with other prospects whose competition isn’t the best, Trautman relies on his size advantage to win battles rather than good technique. He’ll need to work on his three-point stance in the pros to most efficiently get to top speed. Against the run, his hand placement will need some work to move defensive players off the ball. He’ll also need to make his run blocking smoother, as it’s been described as “manic”.
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What the Experts Say
Right now, Trautman is a big, pass-catching tight end who needs to prove he can transition from his level of competition and handle bigger, more physical coverage dogging him around the field. He has a solid athletic profile, but his technique as a blocker will need to be upgraded as teams will likely expect him to play in-line due to his size. He’s a talented pass-catcher with Day 3 potential, and good upside to work with. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com