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A Top-12 Season is Within Adam Trautman's Range of Outcomes

By Kevin English 9:06am EDT 6/23/21


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Adam Trautman
, TE, Saints

What You Need to Know:

-

Trautman
(6’5, 255 pounds) posted huge numbers from 2018-2019 at Dayton: 111 catches, 1,520 yards and 23 TDs.

- At the 2020 Combine, he posted a sub-par 4.80-second 40 time. But he showed strong agility with a 6.78 3-cone and a 4.27 20-yard shuttle.

- The Saints traded up to select

Trautman
in Round 3 (105th overall) of last year's draft.

- In year 1, he played 36% of the snaps — behind

Jared Cook
(43%) and ahead of
Josh Hill
(33%). Both 2020 teammates will play elsewhere this season.

- He brought versatility with 29% of his snaps coming out of the slot; 17% coming out wide.

- As a rookie, he caught 15 of only 16 targets for 171 yards and 1 score — no surprise given the depth chart and the jump in competition.

-

Trautman
received Pro Football Focus’ best run-blocking grade among TEs.

- TE

Nick Vannett
signed in the offseason. The 28-year-old journeyman (with 75 catches in 70 career games) will be a long-shot to steal substantial work from
Trautman
.

-

Jameis Winston
will battle
Taysom Hill
for the starting job in training camp. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport believes
Winston
is the favorite entering the summer, and we project
Winston
to land the Week 1 job.

-

Winston
would be a wild card under center after not playing in 2020. But his aggressiveness figures to help
Trautman
's upside.

- The Saints lost 152 targets with the departures of

Jared Cook
,
Josh Hill
and
Emmanuel Sanders
. With the team still thin at WR,
Trautman
could push for 80+ targets if he develops quickly.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

We know the Saints are high on

Trautman
after trading up for him in Round 3 of the 2020 draft. His quiet rookie year was explainable, and even then, he showed enough for the squad to essentially hand him a full-time role.

Boasting plus size and adequate athleticism, the main question is whether the small school product is ready for a year 2 jump. With an ADP near the tail end of most drafts, though, he’s an ideal TE2 stash.


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