By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
What do you get when a small-school player at a position the Patriots need puts up a leading performance in Bill Belichick's favorite combine drill?
There was already hype building around Dayton tight end Adam Trautman leading into this week's NFL Combine. After his performance in Thursday's three-cone drill, the hype only grew.
Trautman's 6.78 second time in the drill far and away paces the 2020 tight end class, with nobody else recording a time under seven seconds. Factor in wide receivers as well, and he still comes in second behind only Denzel Mims (6.66). Trautman and Mims are the only two players who ran under 6.8.
Over the last five years, Mike Gesicki (6.76 in 2018) is the only tight end with a better three-cone performance than Trautman. Other tight ends who have turned in elite performances in the three-cone in recent years include Noah Fant (6.81), O.J. Howard (6.85), and Evan Engram (6.92).
Trautman's success wasn't limited to the three-cone either. He tied for seventh among tight ends with 18 reps on the bench press.
How much more will Trautman's combine performance add to his hype? The 6-foot-5, 255 pound tight end was an AP FCS All-American in 2019 with 70 catches for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns. NFL.com currently has him projected as a Day 3 pick.