Washington - Huskies
Alameda Ta'amu - #74 - DT-NT
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/08/2012 Washington Pro Day||6-2 3/8||347||9 1/2||31 7/8||78 1/4||4.72||7.52|
|02/29/2012 Combine||6-2 1/2||348||9 3/4||32||78 1/8||5.31||35||8'7"||26|
|01/23/2012 Senior Bowl||6-2 1/2||341||9 7/8||31 1/8||78 3/8|
|03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day||6-2 1/2||336||9 3/4||31 1/2||78||5.20|
Name is pronounced “al-uh-MEE-duh tah-AH-moo.” Parade All-American as a two-way lineman in Washington, where he also played basketball and competed in track and field. Committed to then-head coach Tyrone Willingham and the Huskies in 2008, when he played all 12 games as a true freshman, starting five, and recorded 21 tackles with zero for loss and zero sacks. Started 11-of-12 games in ’09, posting 19-4 1⁄2-2 1⁄2. Started all 13 games in ’10 and notched 39-5-1 1⁄2 with one batted pass. Totaled 30-7-3 1⁄2 in 13 starts at defensive tackle in ’11. Team captain.Positives:
Outstanding size and girth — big-boned and thickly built. Heavy hands. Strong at the point of attack. Can consistently collapse the pocket. Clogs running lanes and is capable of plugging two gaps. Can invert the interior and cave the pocket. Engulfs ballcarriers. Generally plays with good eyes and awareness. Three-year starter. Football-smart. Matured as an underclassman, ratcheting up focus, conditioning and attitude.Negatives:
Has short arms. Weight has fluctuated (ballooned as high as 390 pounds). Dull lower-body — does not generate power through his base. Unsudden and slow afoot — cannot range outside the phone booth. Inconsistent pad level — will get upright and narrow-based, negating his anchor (too easily washed at times). Needs to improve hand use. Limited third-down, pass-rush value. Inconsistent effort.Summary:
A massive Samoan, Ta’amu is a short-area, two-down space eater with sheer mass and strength to hold down the fort inside a “30” front. Will have to remain dedicated to conditioning to maximize his potential.
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