The New Orleans Saints selected TE Adam Trautman with the 105th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Trautman posted record-setting numbers as a quarterback at Elk Rapids High School in Traverse City, Michigan. By the time he was done, he owned every major Elks passing record. He also holds the record for single-season all-purpose yards and single-season total touchdowns. Trautman was also a First Team All-Conference and All-County star in basketball for the Elks. He committed to the Dayton Flyers as a tight end in 2016.
About to make history, Trautman will be the first Dayton player taken in the NFL draft since Seattle selected tackle Bill Westbeld back in 1977. A four-year starter, Trautman recorded 178 receptions, 2,298 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns over 44 starts. That includes 70 catches, 916 yards and 14 scores during his senior season.
Trautman is a huge target (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) with solid pass-catching skills, but needs to improve his route running and pass blocking. Following an underwhelming performance at the combine, he was a longshot in the race to be the first tight end selected as his (+420) money line was well behind Cole Kmet (Notre Dame) who was a (-110) favorite. Those prices changed at William Hill to Kmet (-350) and Trautman (+450) just prior to the draft.
Some point to the fact Trautman faced lower-level competition in the Pioneer Conference as a knock. And while that might elicit a shrug of the shoulders, a player can only control what they can control. He dominated in contested-catch situations and dropped just two passes, a superb 2.6 percent drop rate. Hurting his draft stock slightly, Trautman posted a lumbering 4.80 time in the 40-yard dash at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. With some technique polishing, Trautman has a solid shot at starting in the NFL early in his career.
2019 stats (Senior; Dayton): 70 receptions, 919 receiving yards, 14 TD (11 games)
2018 stats (Junior; Dayton): 41 receptions, 604 receiving yards, 9 TD (11 games)
2017 stats (Sophomore; Dayton): 43 receptions, 537 receiving yards, 5 TD (11 games)
2016 stats (Freshman; Dayton): 24 receptions, 238 receiving yards, 3 TD (11 games)
New Orleans Saints stats to know
- After scoring 31 touchdowns in his first 31 games, Alvin Kamara only saw paydirt six times in 2019. Kamara caught 81 passes in all three of his seasons in the NFL.
- The Saints’ TEs led the league in yards per catch (13.66) and finished third in TDs (11).
- Michael Thomas had the best catch rate (80.5) in the NFL while setting the all-time high for catches (149). Over four years in the NFL, he has 470 catches for 5,512 yards and 32 TDs on 602 targets (catch rate of 78.1).
- New Orleans’ defense finished third in the NFL in sacks (51).
- Jared Cook scored nine touchdowns on his final 40 catches (22.5 percent of catches led to TDs) while averaging 16.7 yards per catch over this span.
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