According to Jeff Duncan of The Athletic, the Saints are “extremely high” on 2nd-year TE Adam Trautman. Duncan went so far as to name Trautman as his top “breakout candidate” for next season. As a rookie, the Dayton product saw just 16 targets behind Jared Cook. But he caught 15 of them for 171 yards (11.4 YPC) and 1 score. Duncan fully expects the cash-strapped Saints to move on from the high-priced Cook, who’s coming off a down season. Trautman, meanwhile, makes sense as a fringe TE2 or TE3 target in early FFPC drafts.
The Saints selected Dayton TE Adam Trautman in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Trautman improved his production all 4 years on campus, topping out with a 70-916-14 line in 2019. That obviously came against relatively weak competition. But Trautman posted big market shares, tied for 3rd in yards per route run among 18 of this year’s top WR prospects and led that group in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades. He’s also a capable blocker and tested as a 67th percentile athlete at the Combine. We weren’t overly impressed by his tape, but Trautman really checks all the analytical boxes. He’ll sit behind Jared Cook this season but has some longer-term upside with HC Sean Payton in New Orleans.