Best prospects Redskins could target in third round 2020 NFL Draft
3. TE Adam Trautman, Dayton
The Redskins don’t have a lot at the tight end position right now. They signed a few low-cost veterans in free agency and it seems like Logan Thomas, Richard Rodgers, and Jeremy Sprinkle will be the main three guys at the position right now.
Thomas still has some upside despite being 29, but can he be counted on as the tight end of the future? Probably not. Because of this fact, the Redskins may look to select a better option in the third round of the draft. And one potential prospect for them to target is Dayton’s Adam Trautman.
Trautman was a highly productive tight end playing at Dayton, an FCS school. He logged 70 catches, 916 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns as a senior. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound tight end was a tough matchup for the lower-level schools and he is in the running to be the first tight end off the board in 2020.
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Trautman isn’t a great athlete. He didn’t do much to wow anyone in the athletic testing portion of the combine, logging a middling 4.8-second 40-yard dash but a solid 6.78 3-cone drill. But in the on-field drills, Trautman was strong. He was smooth in the workouts, showed a willingness to be a blocker on tape, and showed an ability to high-point balls. He wasn’t spectacular, but in a weaker tight end class, he may be one of the more NFL-ready players at the position.
Trautman could go in the second round. If he does, Cole Kmet could be another option to look at here, though he could also be a second-round pick. Aside from those two, however, the Redskins shouldn’t consider a tight end here. The class is simply so weak that the team is likely to have a hole at the position no matter who they take.
For that reason, I’m a proponent of taking a shot on a Day 3 tight end with upside while focusing on tackling some of the deeper positions in this draft class (namely receiver and tackle) with the team’s third-round pick. And that’s part of why Trautman only comes in at No. 3 on this list.