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    Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton University / New Orleans Saints

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    Height: 6050 ✅
    Weight: 255 lbs. ✅
    Hand: 948
    Arm: 3258
    40-yard dash: 4.80
    10-Yard Split: 1.65
    Bench: 18 reps
    3-Cone: 6.78 ✅
    Shuttle: 4.27 ✅
    Vertical: 34.5" ✅
    Broad: 9' 06"
    R.A.S.: 8.76 ✅
    Current Age: 26.2 years old

    40 Career College Starts
    2019 Team Captain
    2019 FCS First Team All-American
    2019 First Team All-PFL
    2019 PFL Offensive Player of the Year
    2018 Second Team All-PFL
    2018 Second Team All-PFL

    NFL Statistics
    2020: 15 games played, 6 games started; 16 receptions for 171 yards and 1 touchdown
    2021: 13 games played, 10 games started; 27 receptions for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns;
    2022: 15 games played, 12 games started; 18 receptions for 207 yards and 1 touchdown

    NFL Snap Counts
    2020: 393 offensive snaps (39% of all offensive snaps); 155 special teams snaps (37%)
    2021: 642 offensive snaps (76%); 57 special teams snaps (16%)
    2022: 521 offensive snaps (57%); 76 special teams snaps (19%)

    Prospect Summary from Dane Brugler's 2020 Draft Guide
    Adam Trautman was always the quarterback growing up, from pee-wee to middle school and all through high school. At 11 years old, he and his family moved to the small town of Williamsburg in Northern Michigan where he and his brothers were the only quarterbacks in the school system. When Trautman was a freshman, his older brother (Andrew) was the quarterback and when Adam graduated, his younger brother (Alec) took over the position. A team captain in both football and basketball at Elk Rapids, Trautman twice earned all-county honors in football, setting the single-season and career passing yards record.

    A no-star quarterback recruit, Trautman played for a small program (only 21 players on his varsity team as a senior) and was only 176 pounds at the end of his junior year when most programs are locking in on quarterback recruits. He got up to 215 pounds as a senior and earned a few FCS-level offers, starting with Cornell. However, Dayton was his preferred school and Trautman reached out to their coaches, using his Cornell offer as leverage. Harvard also offered and Michigan State invited him to be a preferred walk-on as an athlete, but he was set on Dayton once they offered him a roster spot. After redshirting as a quarterback, Trautman again reached out to the coaches — this time he had the idea of moving to tight end, which would fill a hole on the depth chart and get him on the field. He played a hybrid wide receiver position as a redshirt freshman before moving full-time to tight end in 2017. His mother played college basketball and his uncle played football at Indiana. His two brothers were also high school quarterbacks who changed positions in college. His older brother (Andrew) played linebacker at Division-II Missouri S&T and his younger brother (Alec) is a rising junior linebacker at Dayton. Trautman graduated with his degree in electric engineering (December 2019). He accepted his invitation to the 2020 Senior Bowl.

    STRENGTHS: Consistently one of the best athletes on the field on each of his game tapes... fires out of his stance and quickly enters his pattern... loose body type, easily opening his frame to adjust to the football... stays collected and transitions his weight to snap out of breaks... physical route-runner and doesn't allow defenders to dictate his path...tracks naturally to snatch without breaking stride...physical to the ball and highpoints with power...fearless over the middle...stays after the block and on his feet to seal/hook defenders in space...workable frame for the position...driven competitor and buys into the team concept...durable and didn’t miss a game the last four years...led the team in receiving each of the last three seasons, setting school records for single-season catches and touchdowns.

    WEAKNESSES: Faces a substantial jump in competition...routes require better rhythm and refinement...late to decipher coverages and needs to better set up defenders at the top of his pattern...toughness is evident, but needs to better run through tackle attempts — his tape didn’t show many broken tackles after the in-line experience...good pop at contact as a blocker, but doesn’t have great length and needs to tighten his technique to sustain.

    SUMMARY: A four-year starter at Dayton, Trautman was the “Y” tight end in Dayton’s shotgun, spread offense, lining up primarily detached and out wide. He leaves Dayton as the program’s all-time leading receiver, which is remarkable considering he spent the first 19 years of his life as a quarterback and his first reception for the Flyers (September 2016) was his first-ever catch in a football game in his life. Trautman is a fluid big man and his basketball background shows at the catch point with his ability to adjust and attack. His routes need fine-tuned and his blocking is based more on effort than technical understanding right now. Overall, Trautman doesn’t have the body of work vs. top-level competition, but his athleticism and pass-catching traits for a player his size make him a highly intriguing prospect, projecting as a future NFL starter and top-75 draft pick.

    GRADE: 2nd-3rd Round


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      *Acquiring Adam Trautman

      According to league sources, the Broncos especially liked three other tight ends in the draft – Iowa’s Sam LaPorta, Oregon State’s Luke Musgrave and Michigan’s Luke Schoonmaker. But those three tight ends went off the board at No. 34, 42 and 58 in the second round, respectively – too far away from the Broncos’ No. 67 position. The Broncos also went into Saturday with thoughts of taking a tight end in the sixth round, but four more went off the board in round 5.

      Just before the Broncos were to make their final selection at No. 195 in the sixth round, they sent that pick to New Orleans in exchange for the veteran Trautman, who was a third-round draft pick for Sean Payton’s Saints in 2020 and was the starter for him in 2021. The Broncos also got back the third-to-last pick in the draft, No. 257 overall, in the seventh round, where they took center Alex Forsyth.

      That wasn't much to give up in exchange for a quality, two-way (blocking and catching) tight end. Then again, Trautman became expendable after a new New Orleans coaching staff in 2022 gave some of his playing time and receptions to Juwan Johnson.

      Musgrave or whoever would have been nice for the Broncos but in their absence, Trautman will be game ready to begin his fourth season.

      “Obviously, the coaches know him well,’’ George Paton said. “He can play in-line, he can play the F (motion, or off-line tight end). He’s athletic, he can catch it. We feel like he can be a great complement with what we have.’’