2. Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
The Cowboys need a play-making tight end. I am still a big believer in tight end Blake Jarwin, but we must wait and see if he is given a shot by the new coaching staff.
If they decide to part ways with Jarwin and draft a tight end, 6-foot-5 251lbs. Adam Trautman should be highly considered.
With the success Trautman has had at the Senior Bowl most would be surprised that he came to Dayton University as a quarterback, putting on a ton of weight during his time there to fill out his frame for the transition to tight end.
Trautman is very raw and new to the position but has had immediate success. He flashed his potential this past week at the Senior Bowl but has not even come close to reaching his ceiling yet.
With great range, length, and a frame that’s built for today’s NFL. Trautman can be a part of that new era tight end that helps stretch the field vertically downfield, applying pressure to both linebackers and safeties.
Having a basketball background has has helped with the transition to tight end as well. Trautman understands how to use body leverage to box out his defenders and go up and high point the football.
Trautman has also shown an understanding of how to use various route running techniques, using a quick first step and straightening up his defenders to gain an advantage.
A lot has been talked about using Trautman only as a pass-catching tight end, but the number one thing that I took notice of during the Senior Bowl game and practices was his ability to run block.
Trautman demonstrates what it means to take a good first step and how to keep his hands inside. But most importantly he uses the correct pad level and his lower half to drive opponents.