2017 NFL Draft

Alameda Ta’amu, DT

School: Washington  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Kent, WA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 348 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 4/109 - Alameda Ta'Amu, NT, 6-2 1/2, 348, Washington...Steelers traded No. 6 pick to move up 10 spots in the fourth round to get what they hope is the successor to Casey Hampton. - The Sports Xchange

04/05/2012 - 04/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington: Players with wide, well-built 348-pound frames are rare, especially ones who can move as effortlessly as Alameda Ta'amu. However, many have strong doubts about his ability to anchor and play as strong as he looks at the next level. He is an intriuging athlete with the foot agility that cannot be taught and good weight-room strength (35 reps of 225 pounds), but those traits don't necessarily show on the football field. Ta'amu struggles to hold his ground at the point of attack and doesn't have the base strength his size would suggest, keeping him from manning a nose tackle spot for most teams. It's almost as if he's a pass rushing three-technique stuck in a zero-technique's body, struggling to make much of an impact. Regardless, he has a lot of the tools that cannot be taught and still projects as a top-100 draft choice, but it would be a surprise if he goes in the first round like many are predicting. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/13/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DOWN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Alameda Ta'amu, Washington, DT, 6-3, 348, 2-3....Some scouts watched what Ta'mmu's weight was at the combine to get an indication of how dedicated he is to become a top NFL player. At 348 pounds, he still has them wondering. Ta'amu can be one of the best run stoppers on anybody's team if he keeps himself in shape. At times in college he tipped the scales at more than 390 pounds and wasn't that effective on the field. He finally dedicated himself to controlling his weight, and possibly his professional future, by excluding rice, a Samoan dietary staple, from his meals. That helped get him down to 337 pounds when he checked in for the 2011 Holiday Bowl. His strength is obvious in games and showed up at the combine when he had 35 reps with 225 pounds in the bench press. That and his sheer bulk make him a force coming off the line. But if he doesn't win that battle immediately, he's not going to dazzle a blocker with footwork (5.37 in 40 yards) so he remains more of a plugger than a rusher. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/08/2012 - Washington Pro Day: While Polk was the big name, the three other Washington players invited to participate in the Scouting Combine this year each worked out again for scouts Thursday. The Cincinnati Bengals thought enough of defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu to send their defensive line coach Jay Hayes to work out the big (6-2, 347) run-stuffer personally. Ta'amu has surprisingly light feet for a man of his size and scouts on hand seemed pleased with his performance in the shuttle and three-cone drills. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL TUESDAY: Washington's Alameda Ta'amu and Boise State's Billy Winn have been disappointments thus far. Ta'amu is a powerful run plugger sure to intrigue 3-4 teams looking for a nose guard. His power and mass (6-2, 341) makes him a classic block-eater but his lack of any type of pass rush ability is painfully apparent during drills. If his opponent has the anchor and core flexibility to handle Ta'amu's bull rush, the big Husky can offer little else. Winn, who was used inside and out while with the Broncos, may be proving himself to be a 'tweener with a lackluster performance, thus far. He hasn't shown the agility to slip blocks nor the power to push the pocket. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/29/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Alameda Ta'amu was one of the key players when the Huskies beat Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl last season, dominating the middle and forcing the Huskers to go outside. Ta'amu has had an inconsistent season due in part to a couple nagging injuries. But if healthy, he could make a huge difference in defending against Baylor's run. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The Huskies have proven fallible against the pass so far this year, ranking last in the country in passing yards allowed at 403 per game. On the other hand, UW has faced two pass-heavy teams so far, having had to defend 114 pass attempts, more than any team in the country. The task will be different this week as UW faces a Nebraska team that is traditionally among the best in the country running the Huskers rank 24th nationally at 224 yards per game. UW had success in the Holiday Bowl loading up against the run and forcing Taylor Martinez to throw and that will likely be the strategy again this game. Martinez is a little better throwing this year, however, completing 21 of 43 passes for 329 yards in the first two games. The play of UW's defensive line, especially senior tackles Everrette Thompson and Alameda Ta'amu, will be especially critical. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Alameda Ta'amu - The senior was the defensive key to the Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska with dominating play up front, allowing UW's ends time to get to the quarterback. He hasn't been quite to that level yet this year, however, due in part to playing with a broken hand. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - Washington defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu smiled when asked about Nebraska, so much so his mouth guard with the words "big daddy" on it showed. Ta'amu anchored Washington's defensive effort during the 2010 Holiday Bowl against the Cornhuskers that resulted in a 19-7 Huskies victory. After allowing 56 points in a Week 3 game against Nebraska last season, Washington buckled down defensively in the rematch. Now the 11th-ranked Cornhuskers and Huskies get ready for a third meeting in less than 12 months on Saturday in Lincoln. A large reason for the turnaround between the first two games was Ta'amu's play. During the first game, Ta'amu assisted on two tackles and had a half-sack. Nebraska ran for 383 yards. "They embarrassed us in front of our fans," Ta'amu said. "I want to do the same to them, hopefully. We'll see." Ta'amu (6 feet 3, 337 pounds) is built to stop the run. But he has been quiet the first two weeks of the season when facing pass-first teams Eastern Washington and Hawaii. He also broke his right hand in fall camp. On Saturday, he will wear only a splint after dealing with a cast the first two weeks. - AP Sports

09/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Alameda Ta'amu - UW has high expectations for the senior, regarded by many as a potential first-round draft pick. But he struggled to get a consistent push up front against Eastern, playing with a cast on his hand due to a broken bone suffered in the pre-season. UW needs him to play more consistently. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Alameda Ta'amu - The 330-pound senior nose tackle is being touted as a potential first-round draft choice. This is the kind of game in which he should be able to dominate and create lots of space for the outside rushers to get to the quarterback. - The Sports Xchange

08/11/2011 - There was a time when Alameda Ta'amu wasn't entirely comfortable being a role model. The Rainier Beach High School graduate knew that an athletic scholarship was something unto which his younger cousins could aspire, but Ta'amu didn't always live up to his obligations as a football player. The University of Washington senior defensive tackle can look back on his freshman year now and see that clearly. "I didn't know my stuff when I first came in," he said this week. "I was fat, didn't really care about working out." Now, Ta'amu is just fine with being the focus of attention. It's a comfortable role for the father of a 2-year-old girl, and his new-found status as UW's big man on campus carries weight of its own. In the spring, head coach Steve Sarkisian joked that Ta'amu had become such a force that he was ruining practices. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt, who never seems satisfied, said Wednesday that the senior defensive tackle can be dominant but is still learning to go all-out for an entire practice. "Alameda picks and chooses his spots," Holt said. "We need him to do that all the time. I think with the competition and with him trying to be a leader for some of the younger guys, hopefully he ruins more practices." On Saturdays, Ta'amu's effort is rarely questioned. His transformation has been rather sudden, despite his gridiron experience. The birth of his daughter gave Ta'amu new perspective, the arrival of strength coach Ivan Lewis in 2009 provided a renewed focus in the weightroom, and a breakout performance in the December Holiday Bowl solidified him as an NFL prospect. - Scott M. Johnson, The Kitsap Sun

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington, (Honorable Men. All-Pac 10, five TFLs in 2010), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alameda Ta'amu, Washington, DT, has been selected one of 65 players named to Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Outland Trophy goes to the best interior lineman in college football, presented annually since 1946 and is the third oldest award in major college football. Ta'amu merited notice after totaling 39 tackles a year ago for the Huskies, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10. It was his performance in the Holiday Bowl, which saw the senior from Kent, Wash., recover a key fumble and force a safety in the end zone against Nebraska, boosting his name recognition. - Washington football

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alameda Ta'amu, Washington, DT, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Ta'amu merited notice after totaling 39 tackles a year ago for the Huskies, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10. It was his performance in the Holiday Bowl, which saw the senior from Kent, Wash., recover a key fumble and force a safety in the end zone against Nebraska, boosting his name recognition. - Washington football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alameda Ta'amu, Washington, DT, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Ta'amu, a senior from Kent, Wash., notched 39 tackles a year ago, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10. His showing in the Huskies' Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska helped cement his status as one of the conference's top d-linemen. - Washington football

06/04/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: DT Alameda Ta'amu - The senior had a breakout game in the Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska, helping the Huskies dominate the line of scrimmage throughout. At 330 pounds, has the kind of size and athleticism that will draw lots of attention from NFL scouts. - The Sports Xchange


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