The NFL Draft begins this Thursday, but former Washington Husky Alameda Ta'amu likely will not hear his name called until Friday.
Most mock drafts have Ta'amu projected as a second to third round pick.
What teams are looking for a 6'2" 348lb player? NFL draft experts see Ta'amu as a nose tackle at the next level, making him a good fit for any team running a 3-4 defense.
Ta'amu's size is best asset — he'll be most effective at stopping the run, with his pass-rushing ability being a weakness according to ESPN's Todd McShay.
Some teams are worried, because his weight got into the 385-pound range at times with the Huskies. That would limit the number of snaps he could play over the long haul. Teams want him to find a way to stay around or below 340, and he's going to have the have the discipline to do it. (Denver Post)
The Kansas City Chiefs seem like a plausible fit for Ta'amu. Kansas City's defense could use the upgrade, as it finished 26th overall in run defense last season. The Chiefs hold the No. 44 pick in the draft.
Another possible landing spot for Ta'amu is with the Denver Broncos. If the Broncos do not draft a defensive tackle at No. 25 overall, Ta'amu is an option for them in the second round.
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