2020 NFL Draft: Adam Trautman makes case to be TE1

Adam Trautman was a huge winner of the 2020 Senior Bowl and could be the top tight end off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft.

It’s rare to be talking about the Dayton Flyers in conjunction with the 2020 NFL Draft and not just the 2020 March Madness basketball tournament, but here we are.

The 2020 NFL Draft is not like the 2019 NFL Draft class which featured two players from the same school vying for the title of TE1. As a matter of fact, it’s been hard to pinpoint who that player is in the 2020 class in general.

One player who has made a strong case for himself is none other than Dayton Flyers tight end Adam Trautman, who put on a show this past week at the Senior Bowl after a stellar college career.


Dane Brugler of The Athletic opined that Trautman’s week of practices at the Senior Bowl week was so strong that he might have put himself into the top 50 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Again, with no clear top tight end in the class at this point, why not Trautman?

He’s 6-foot-5, 251 pounds, and not only was he good at the Senior Bowl, he was dominating guys who were playing in much bigger conferences over the last four years.

The Flyers have not had a player taken in the NFL Draft since 1977, so Trautman stands to make some history here, but what is it about his game that scouts are loving?

First and foremost, his size and athleticism jump out when you watch him play, and they are undoubtedly a major reason why he was able to catch 14 touchdowns in 11 games this season and 31 touchdowns in 44 total college games.

Man, this guy is really something else.

It’s one thing for a tight end to be fast, it’s a whole other thing for them to have great play speed. Trautman definitely has great play speed, and he wasn’t afraid of anything thrown at him last week in Senior Bowl practices.

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Trautman is likely contending for the top tight end honors along with Purdue’s Brycen Hopkins and Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet.

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