Adam Trautman NFL Draft 2020: Scouting Report for New Orleans Saints' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 25, 2020

Dayton's Adam Trautman (84) as the North squad practices for the Senior Bowl Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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TE Adam Trautman, Dayton

   

STRENGTHS

—Versatile tight end who has lined up in multiple tight end positions: in-line, slot, move and even receiver. 

—Solid base and hand extension in run blocking. 

—A polished route-runner for a big tight end. 

—Proven talent in the back of the end zone; can go up and over the defender to make a catch at its highest point. 

—Sells his run blocking to get a good release into open space. 

   

WEAKNESSES

—Looked fast on tape against lower-level talent, but his 4.8-second 40-yard dash at the combine will lead to problems separating downfield. 

—Dominated lower-level competition on tape; did not have quite the same performance during the Senior Bowl. 

—Still developing fundamental skills as a tight end; poor hand placement, playing low, exploding through hips in the run game. 

—Gives up on routes too soon; that will not play in this NFL era where plays are often extended. 

    

OVERALL

It's easy to fall in love with Trautman's game. He's physical, tough and versatile, and the arrow is still pointing up on his development. He's good enough to start right away, too, thanks to his catch radius and size. Trautman isn't a groundbreaking athlete, but he's rock-solid.

    

GRADE: 77

PRO COMPARISON: Mark Andrews/Blake Bell

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