EUGENE OR - NOVEMBER 6: Defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu #74 of the Washington Huskies grabs the jersey of running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks in the third quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on November 6 2010 in Eugene Oregon. The Ducks won the game 53-16. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Alameda Ta'amu finished his career at the University of Washington after the Huskies' loss to the Baylor Bears in the Alamo Bowl. The standout defensive tackle will now focus his energy towards raising his draft stock as high as possible leading into April.
SB Nation's Mocking The Draft currently has Ta'amu ranked as the No. 27 overall prospect and No. 3 defensive tackle prospect. Once considered a first round pick after an impressive 2010 campaign, Ta'amu's draft stock dropped after battling inconsistency and injuries in 2011.
His Alamo Bowl performance received overall negative views from draft experts,
Ralph Mancini from NFL Draft Bible's take:
330-pound Alameda Ta'amu did nothing to distinguish himself vs Baylor. Couldn't get off blocks and beaten at the POA. Draft stock down.(Via: twitter.com/ReverendRalph)
Dion Caputi the National Football Post's take:
Ta'amu is currently projected to be drafted within the first three rounds of April's draft.
A recent piece analyzing the Kansas City Chiefs' future mentioned Ta'amu as a possible nose tackle upgrade:
Plus, the defense could improve drastically with a strong nose tackle. If the Chiefs decide to draft a nose tackle, Washington's Alameda Ta'amu would be just fine - though that would mean dropping quarterback or offensive-line needs to the third round, a risky enterprise. (Via: Kansas City Star)