Dayton, Ohio — Adam Trautman said he would be surprised if he was still available on the third day of the NFL Draft. As it turns out, the Flyers tight end was right....but just barely.
Trautman was taken with the next-to-last pick in the third round Friday night, just a few minutes before midnight.
“It just really shows that anything can happen in the draft,” Trautman said Saturday afternoon. “I was fully expecting to be the second tight end off the board and that’s what everybody was saying. It was more so just seeing other guys taken ahead of me that was frustrating.”
That frustration turned to happiness when the Saints traded up to bring Trautman to the “Big Easy.”
“It’s great to be in a players where you’re wanted just knowing what they had to give up to get me.”
The Saints traded away four draft picks to get the chance to make Trautman the 105th overall selection in the 2020 draft.
“I think it will start to feel real when I get the playbook,” Trautman said. “Who knows if it will feel real even then because I don’t even know when I’ll be able to get into camp or anything.”
Trautman set another U.D. record in the draft. He’s the highest Flyer ever taken, and the first since 1977.
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