2012 NFL Draft Watchlist: Alameda Ta’amu

Alameda Ta'amu

Alameda Ta'amu is not a small man.

Ta’amu (6-3/335) has three great games on his dance card to take a look at. His September 17th tilt with Nebraska will be a reprise of perhaps his best game last year, while his games against Stanford (October 22nd) and Oregon (November 5th) will give us some looks playing against top competition.

Why the Patriots need him:

We explained why the Patriots need some 3-4 defensive end help in our profile on Nebraska DE Jared Crick, but Coach Belichick is always looking for good nose tackles as well. Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love are currently manning the position very well, but added flexibility and depth never hurts.

Why you should watch him:

While at first blush Ta’amu looks like a true nose, which he could be, he also flashes the athleticism that shows he can play the 3-4 DE position as well. He is remarkably quick and rarely gets pushed back, even when double-teamed.

If he is able to disrupt his opponents running game again as a senior, he could warrant some looks in the late 1st round – right where the Patriots and Saints are expected to be picking.

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