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Mock Draft 2012: Husky NT Alameda Ta'amu Picked 6th Overall In Russ Lande's Latest

Predicting or scouting for the NFL Draft is a funny thing. Husky running back Chris Polk left Washington as the 2nd leading rusher of all time and his body of work is unassailable in many ways. He's been tough, versatile, and explosive for the Huskies these past few seasons but his stock has allegedly taken a hit following the Senior Bowl, following reports of a poor showing, strange interview sessions, and coming in in less than stellar shape.

On the other hand, Husky NT Alameda Ta'amu, previously more in the 2nd or 3rd round range by many analysts, has propelled himself into the first-round discussion. Russ Lande of Sporting News had this to say while putting Ta'amu in the No. 6 spot in his latest mock:

After a month of all-star games, especially the Senior Bowl, a number of players have seen their draft stock fluctuate. There are players, like Washington nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu and Ohio State's Mike Adams, who have forced their names into the first-round mix.

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6. Washington Redskins: Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington. 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.

Pretty interesting.

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