Dayton tight end getting attention from NFL Draft experts

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 9:37 PM

Dayton's Adam Trautman talks to reporters on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at the Frericks Center. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton's Adam Trautman talks to reporters on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at the Frericks Center. David Jablonski/Staff(David Jablonski - Staff Writer/David Jablonski/Staff)

Dayton Flyers tight end Adam Trautman earned a mention from ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. in his latest story on the 2020 draft.

Trautman, a redshirt senior from Elk Rapids High School (Mich.), was listed as an under-the-radar prospect by Kiper. Trautman was one of the stars in Dayton’s 42-35 season-opening victory Saturday.

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Here’s what Kiper wrote about him: “How about the Flyers winning at FCS No. 14 Indiana State on Saturday? And Trautman had a massive day, catching 11 passes for 132 yards and making a key block on Dayton's go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Trautman is a former high school quarterback with a big frame and excellent hands. He's a versatile athlete who has shown a good release off the line while playing in line and in the slot. He high-points passes like a power forward grabbing a rebound. He's not afraid to make tough catches in traffic. Trautman, who had nine touchdowns last season, is a Day 3 prospect for now, but he could rise if he excels at an all-star game after the season.”

Trautman also earned a mention in The Athletic’s NFL Prospect Recap.

Of Trautman, Dane Brugler wrote, “Ranked as my No. 3 senior tight end prospect entering the season, he transitioned to the position in 2016 and has developed into a legitimate NFL prospect. A good-sized athlete, Trautman uses his quickness and fluid body type to separate from FCS-level defenders, also flashing natural hands at the catch point.”