Ryan McCrystal

Alameda Ta’amu scouting report


Alameda Ta’amu DT Washington #74
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 341

 
Strengths:
Prototypical build for a nose tackle; a true space eater. Strong bull rusher who requires the attention of multiple offensive linemen. Flashes the ability to explode off the snap. Surprising initial quickness.
Weaknesses:
Weight has been an issue throughout career; reportedly tipped the scales just shy of 400 pounds at times and consistently played around 350-360. Short and stumpy build; not a great athlete. Inconsistent explosion off the snap; possibly a conditioning issue. Slowed down too easily if he doesn’t get a good jump off the snap. Quickness is solid in short bursts, but he fails to sustain his activity for more than a moment or two. Doesn’t always play with good leverage, something which should come naturally given his relatively modest height. Takes up space, but does little else on most plays. Lacks the athleticism, speed and stamina to make plays in pursuit. Not a threat to consistently pressure the quarterback.
Comments:
Ta’amu has one thing you can’t coach: pure size. And that quality will likely land him a spot somewhere in the 2nd or 3rd round. However, his inconsistent play – very likely a result of poor conditioning – raises a red flag. As of right now, he is not capable of being effective for 30+ snaps and will wear down as the game progresses. However, in a part-time role he can be a dangerous weapon. The best situation for Ta’amu would be to land in a system where he can play in a rotation which will limit his snaps. When fresh, he’s tough to block, and could be an impact player coming off the bench in key situations.
Videos:
2011 vs Utah 

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