Trautman preparing for NFL draft in unorthodox times

Redshirt senior Adam Trautman is projected to be one of Dayton’s highest-ever NFL draft picks in this week’s draft. Photo from Erik Schelkun

Atticus Hughes
Sports Staff Writer
The NFL draft is finally here. After over a month of sports being absent in the lives of many, the NFL draft is providing fans with a sense of normalcy in the wild times in which we live. These times have been especially different for top tight end prospect, and Dayton redshirt senior, Adam Trautman as he waits patiently for his name to be called by an NFL franchise this weekend.

After Trautman’s record-breaking senior year capped off by the Reese’s Senior Bowl and an invite to the NFL combine, he is considered to be one of the top tight end prospects in this year’s draft. With training facilities around the country shut down due to Covid-19, you might ask what this last month has been like for a future NFL draftee.

According to Trautman it’s been odd, but nothing he can’t handle.

“I’ve got a field down here in Dayton where I can run routes and stay in shape with my brother, aside from that I’ve been working out with bands and whatever else I can use,” he said.

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For a future NFL draft pick, it’s especially important to stay fit during these times at home, but with working out comes the other essential part of playing any position in the NFL – diet. 

“Maintaining a healthy and sufficient diet has been a focus of mine during this time, making sure I’m eating enough to sustain my workouts has made me spend a little extra time at the table during each meal,” Trautman said.

Trautman has been preparing for the draft in Dayton surrounded by family. He’ll be hoping to hear his name called with his mother, father and brother by his side in the city that made his dream of the NFL a reality.

Outside of his family, Trautman has support in the NFL community during this time as well, mentioning his connections with future and current NFL players.

“I still keep in touch with the guys I roomed with during the Senior Bowl… The veterans at my agency have been great as well, I’ve gotten a few good luck texts this week from the older guys.”

Trautman is projected to go anywhere from late first round to early third round, so be sure to tune in to ESPN tonight for the first round of the NFL draft. If Trautman is selected before the third round, he will be the highest selected Flyer ever in the draft.

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