Alameda Ta'amu   DT   Washington  

TALENT BOARD

 Round 2


STRENGTHS

Alameda is a massive human being.  About the same size as the crowds at Woodstock in the 70's.  For his size, he has excellent athletic ability.  He has the quickness out of his stance to change the line of scrimmage on almost every down and can do more than push the pocket on passing downs.  Alameda was used in a 4-3 defense and worked well with his teammates in stunts to get to the QB on passing downs.  He has great natural strength to go along with solid athletic skills and, when used in the right style of defense, he has the potential to dominate.  Alameda has quick feet and does a solid job using his hands.  I believe for the next level, Alameda's impact position will be as a two down nose tackle in a 3-4 defense.  He has the perfect body type and athletic ability to become a core player for the team that drafts him in that style of defense.   

 

CONCERNS

Alameda's techniques are very poor and inconsistent at this point of his career.  He plays too high and loses his balance, which makes it easy to move him around.  He is used for stunts; once this kid gets moving in one direction, it is easy to use his own weight against him and run him out of plays.  He thinks he is a pass rusher, but even at the college level, arrives too late in the backfield to make an impact.  He needs to learn what is expected of him for the next level and not play on his toes.  He also needs to get his hands on his opponent quicker to shed blocks and realize that his job is not to make sacks, it's to make tackles against runs up the middle and push the pocket.  Alameda also has to keep his weight down because his physical stamina is questionable if a team wants to use him as an every down player. Notice all of these concerns (except for his weight) are technique related.  The effort is there on every down. 

 

BOTTOM LINE

As far as I'm concerned, Alameda has had very poor coaching at the college level.  In fact, it was so poor that it might have kept this kid from being considered as a possible a top 15 pick in this draft.  He is a natural nose tackle who was used in every DT position BUT the nose tackle position. So now he will have learn how to play that position and it might take a year or two.  If he was used as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense or just on the center's nose in a 4-3 defense (and told to make that center's life uncomfortable all game long and not used in stunts or expected to sack the QB), I believe he would be one of the top defense players in this draft.  He has the size and athletic ability.  We all know that a nose tackle's main goals on every play are to change the line of scrimmage, take up space and double teams so others can make sacks and/or shed blocks to make tackles in the center gaps.  That should have been Alameda's job at the college level.  When he uses good techniques, comes off the line and pushes the pocket, he is too much for double teams to handle.  When he comes off the line and tries to swim move his way into the backfield, it's like pushing an office chair on wheels to someone else's desk.  You might get the wheels caught in the rug for a minute, but all you do is push a little harder and the chair will go flying into the next office.  Right now Alameda plays like that office chair.  He gets pushed around very easily, but there are a couple of plays in every game that he takes on the guard-center double team and plants them in the backfield.  That's when you see this kid's true talents.  If you are a 3-4 team, you will have to look at maybe drafting this kid early.  He might sneak into the first round, but most of the time, players with Alameda's talent who still need to develop their techniques will be selected in the second or third rounds or later.  You should watch Rob's board for what round Alameda is likely to be drafted.  For me personally, if I ran a 3-4 defense, I would be tempted late in the first or early in the second to draft him.  He should become a core player for the team that drafts him.

 The BS Detector 

 Drew Boylhart   Jan /12