The Pittsburgh Steelers traded up in Round Four to get their man – and what a BIG man he is!
As predicted by the staff here at NPC during our 2012 NFL Draft Coverage, the Steelers found their heir apparent to NT Casey Hampton by selecting University of Washington NT Alameda Ta’amu in the 4th round. The team gave up a 6th round pick for the right to move up ten spots to select Ta’amu, who many had pegged as a 2nd or 3rd round talent.
Ta’amu was a big-boned, powerful inside force for Washington who projects to play the nose tackle position in a 3-4 defense at the next level. He has the ability to hold up linemen and clog lanes to keep linebackers clean, which boosts his value. He has been so effective with the Huskies that there have been some arguably “less-talented” players at Washington who have been extremely productive because of his presence inside on the line.
Ta’amu is a forceful player against the run who can quickly get off the ball and into a lineman’s face. He can hold two blockers to create lanes for his linebackers. He is big-bodied and understands his role within the defense. He can engulf running backs by using his long, strong arms or by pushing the interior of an offensive line into the backfield.
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