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Washington NT Alameda Ta'amu

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by TheFinisher, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. TheFinisher

    TheFinisher Well-Known Member

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    6'3 337lb monster in the middle of Washington's defense, playing now on ESPN against Nebraska. Has a little Haloti Ngata in him.

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  2. realtick

    realtick Benched

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    Not really overly by Ta'aamu at all.
  3. jblaze2004

    jblaze2004 Well-Known Member

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    huh????
  4. realtick

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    My bad, I left out the word impressed, as in I'm not overly impressed with Ta'aamu.
  5. realtick

    realtick Benched

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    Ngata is a freakish athlete for someone his size. I don't see anywhere near that type of athleticism Ta'aamu.
  6. The Realist

    The Realist Active Member

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    Huge, Pacific Islander that plays in the Pac Northwest.

    The comparisons end there.
  7. UnoDallas

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    could not even get a good push up field
  8. The Realist

    The Realist Active Member

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    Reminds me of the NT the Chiefs took high in 2 that ended up being our backup NT before Brent.
  9. realtick

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    Siaivi (sp?)
  10. BigWillie

    BigWillie Well-Known Member

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    I heard alot of hype about Ta'amu going into the game this week. But yet in the game, I rarely heard his name and I don't think I even remember him involved in the play that much.

    Going up against 275lbs center, and two walk-on guards with a combined 2 starts between them going into this game, I would have figured he would dominate. Was not the case however.
  11. Joshmvii

    Joshmvii Cowboys baby!

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    Are you guys telling me that just being 330 pounds doesn't automatically make you a monster in the middle? :lmao2:
  12. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    How did the Aggies miss out on this guy...
  13. TheFinisher

    TheFinisher Well-Known Member

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    this is what anchoring the middle of a defense is supposed to look like...

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  14. supercowboy8

    supercowboy8 Well-Known Member

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    good game vs WSU,who?
    I like Kawann Short who has played very good vs better competetion.

    Short doesn't wiegh as much but he can add some weight, he also has great agility to even be a 3-4 DE.

    Some stats for SHort vs quality players
    vs Penn St he had 5 tackles
    vs Illinois he had 6 tackles and 2 sacks
    vs Michigan he had 5 tackles
    vs Wisconsin he had only 2 tackles
    vs Ohio St. he had 6 tackles and 3 sacks.

    This season SHort has 53 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and 14 Tackles for loss
  15. TheFinisher

    TheFinisher Well-Known Member

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    You can't judge the play of a NT off stats, Ta'amu was physically imposing his will on those lineman the entire game. He's 340 and can make plays down the line of scrimmage, that's rare ability.

    Short's not a bad player but he doesn't come close to anchoring as well as Ta'amu.
  16. realtick

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    Not impressed with Ta'amu that much, especially early in the draft.

    Folks need to realize Washington State's offensive line is small. Ta'amu was playing against a 270 lb center (Goetz) and a 290 lb left gaurd (Fullington).

    There's another extended clip of him somewhere (I can't find it, but I believe I posted it before) of him playing against Arizona (?) and Ta'amu wasn't nearly as disruptive and was being driven backwards.
  17. supercowboy8

    supercowboy8 Well-Known Member

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    have you seen him play vs an actual football school? He played good vs a bad team and a weak bad OL, big whoop.

    Have you seen Kawann Short play? If you can watch him vs Ohio St and how he handles Michael Brewster a future NFL center.
  18. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    The only problem is I don't know what kind of instincts the kid has. He is a load going straight ahead though. He seemed to play with a good pad level much of the time and he really was collapsing the pocket the whole game.

    I can easily see someone reaching for him in the first. I wouldn't mind thinking about him in the second if he is on the board. I like the raw material but I think he needs a lot of coaching.
  19. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Ta'amu is more Paul Soliai than Haloti Ngata.
  20. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Agreed, but I wanted Soliai if the Dolphins let him go as a FA, so I ain't mad at that.

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