NFL Draft 2012: Alameda Ta'amu Stock Dropping After Alamo Bowl

Washington defensive end Alameda Ta'amu will try to repair his draft stock after a disappointing 2011 campaign.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu To Texans In Second Round

Washington Huskies defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu was pegged early in the 2011 NCAA season as a top-ranked pick for the 2012 NFL Draft. He has fallen in the eyes of many evaluators and analysts, but still figures to be selected in the first couple rounds of the draft.

In the latest mock draft over at Draft Tek, the analysts predict that Ta'amu could go to the Houston Texans late in the second round, as the No. 58 overall pick.

Ta'amu dropped down the Big Board for awhile because, on the tapes I graded, he played entirely too high; however, the big man showed me something during Senior Bowl practices, with an inital quickness off the snap I previously had not seen. There was no doubt about his ability to clog the middle, as his strong, stout interior presence often requires double-team blocks to keep him from collapsing running lanes. Ta'amu has short, thick legs and a thick trunk which aids him in anchoring, and will probably provide more interior pressure than most nose tackle prospects. Texan incumbents Shaun Cody (6'4", 301) and Earl Mitchell (6'3", 289) are warriors, but have worn down as the season progressed. Phillips has had success with undersized nose tackles that play a penetrating, one-gap scheme but the 3-4 works much better if the NT can play a 2-gap scheme and keep blockers away from inside linebackers.

While Ta'amu's stock may have dropped during the offseason, it may actually work out in his favor if he ends up being selected by a contending team that is set up for another postseason run in 2012.

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NFL Draft 2012, Alameda Ta'amu: Mock Draft Sends Nose Tackle To Redskins In First Round

Washington Huskies defensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu has been seen no higher than a second-round pick in many mock drafts.

However, in the latest mock draft from Russ Lande of the Sporting News, he has the Redskins selecting the nose tackle with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft:

The Redskins want to make an upgrade at quarterback, but they are not sold on Tannehill with a pick this high. So they grab Ta'amu, who at 6-3, 330 pounds can be a dominant interior force in their 3-4 scheme.

Considering most folks don't even have him in the first round and the Redskins are said to be considering a quarterback their highest priority, you can imagine the folks at Redskins Talk are confused:

Positionally the choice makes zero sense for the Redskins. They signed Cofield to a multi-year deal last season and the ex-Giant produced a solid campaign while transitioning into the nose tackle role. Sure, Cofield may never become a Vince Wilfork-esque pocket collapsing presence in the middle, but scuttling that plan after one season, not buying it. Not even a little.

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NFL Draft 2012: Alameda Ta'amu Invited To NFL Combine

Washington Huskies defensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu has been invited to this year's NFL Combine. Ta'amu has been given a pre-combine projection of being drafted in the second round. Also invited is Ta'amu's teammate, offensive tackle Senio Kelemete. Kelemete was given a pre-combine projection of going un-drafted.

This year's scouting combine will take place from February 22nd through Februaty 28th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Though Ta'amu is projected by many NFL mock drafts to go in the second round, some have him slipping into the third round. Charlie Campbell from WalterFootball.com has Ta'amu going to the New York Jets in the third round with the No. 78 overall pick:

New York could use some youth at nose tackle. Sione Pouha is 32, and even though the Jets have a young backup nose tackle in Martin Tevaseu, they could use another for depth. Ta'amu is a good value here and could bolster New York's line rotation. (Via: WalterFootball)

Ta'amu will be looking to improve his draft stock and secure a second round selection with the Senior Bowl at the end of January and the NFL Combine at the end of February.

For all news and information regarding the Washington Huskies, please visit UW Dawg Pound. For more on the NFL Draft, visit Mocking The Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu Might Be Top Second-Round Pick

The 2012 NFL Draft is coming up and this year's class of available players looks to be stacked. Washington Huskies defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu was figuring to be a top pick early in the 2011 NCAA season, but a year of injuries and a less-than-spectacular performance in the offensive sprint that was the Alamo Bowl led to a decrease in chatter surrounding Ta'amu.

It appears that he still figures to place well in the draft, however. Robert Occhipinti of Drafttek predicts that Ta'amu will be selected as the No. 33 overall pick. In other words, the very first selection in the second round. That pick would belong to the St. Louis Rams. Here's Occhipinti's reasoning.

The Rams use a DT rotation of at least 4 in each game, yet the Rams only have two good tackles: 35 year old Fred Robbins and 33 year old Justin Bannan. The drop off in talent after them is immense - as a result the Rams having a bottom 5 ranking in all rush defense stats in 2011. Alameda Ta'amu is a huge mountain of strength with surprising agility that commands double teams in the run game and can open up lanes to the QB in the pass rush. He lacks long arms to be an effective pass rusher but the size and talent he displays makes him great in run situations, and a good compliment to the end rushing duo of Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Inside he will allow Robbins and Bannan the chance to rest and be more effective when they are on the field. Depth, size, talent and youth are the reasons Alameda Ta'amu is a good choice for the Rams

Makes a lot of sense and is something worth keeping an eye on in the coming months. It appears Ta'amu is still regarded as a top pick for teams looking to beef up their 4-3 defense.

For all news and information regarding the Washington Huskies, please visit UW Dawg Pound. For perspective on the St. Louis Rams, head on over to Turf Show Times.

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