Friday, January 27, 2012
Ta'amu's stock drops at Senior Bowl
By Kevin Gemmell
With severe weather washing out Senior Bowl practices on Thursday, ESPN's Todd McShay reviewed the risers and fallers in the first three days of practice .
Leading his "Stock Down" portion is Washington defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu.
Ta'amu flashed some quickness and power during the practice week, but it was easy to notice the difference in effort from play to play. He was also inconsistent in terms of playing with leverage, and did not display the ability to occupy blockers and be an every-down, two-gap defender the way a 3-4 nose tackle needs to.
Those things have to improve, because being a run-stuffer is the only thing Ta'amu brings to the table. He lacks athleticism and is not a skilled pass-rusher, so he will be limited to being a two-down plugger. You can't coach his size and strength, though, and some 3-4 team looking for depth and a potential future starter at nose tackle will likely take a chance on him, but I was looking for a bit more from Ta'amu this week.
The 6-foot-2, 334-pound Ta'amu closed out the year with 30 tackles -- 15 solo -- to go with seven tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He also earned Pac-12 honorable mention honors.