UD football’s Trautman picked by Saints after slipping in NFL Draft

Redshirt senior Adam Trautman is the first Flyer selected in the NFL Draft since Bill Westbeld in 1977. Photo from Erik Schelkun

Peter Burtnett
Incoming Sports Editor

Former University of Dayton football tight end Adam Trautman was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round with the 105th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft late Friday night.

Although the selection came later than expected, the Saints ended the wait for Trautman and Flyers fans by taking the stand-out tight end with the penultimate pick in the third round.

During his record-setting career at UD, Trautman posted impressive numbers, catching 178 passes for 2,295 yards and 31 TDs.

The Williamsburg, Mich., native blasted onto the scene in his record-setting redshirt senior season, racking up 916 yards and 14 TDs on the way to being selected to the 2019 STATS FCS All America First Team.

Trautman will have the chance to compete for a starting position in New Orleans and learn from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time in Drew Brees. His competition to start will be tough, but Trautman has the skills needed to make a difference on a Super Bowl-caliber roster.

Even during uncertain times, Trautman has been doing what he can to stay in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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