Michigan native and Dayton Alum Adam Trautman is ready to move to New Orleans leading into his rookie season on the heels of the most unique NFL Draft in league history.
Before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Adam Trautman’s name, the 6’5”, 255 pound tight-end was thinking he was going to have to wait another day to find out which team he’d be playing for come fall. That is, until his phone lit up with an unfamiliar area code. “Sitting there and all of a sudden my phone rings and it has a New Orleans number. It’s a call coming in from New Orleans and I was kinda like ‘what?’, so I answered it. He was like ‘hey, it’s Mickey Loomis, the GM of the New Orleans Saints, like we’re about to trade up here to 105 to take you.’ And I was just like ‘what?”
The Saints traded the remainer of their 2020 draft picks to grab Trautman at the end of the third round. New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton explains why Trautman was worth the trade. “I think he was one of the better blocking tight ends we felt in this draft. You know, I’d say, especially for a player that played at a small school.”
‘Especially being from a small school,’ is no new chip on Trautman’s shoulder. The eventual Dayton FCS All-American played his high school football in the small town of Elk Rapids, Michigan where he quarterbacked a team of only 21 players his senior year. However, Trautman says he’s ready for some big-time competition. “Being able to compete against, you know, the best players in the entire world and do it day in and day out. It’s something I obviously didn’t get a lot of at Dayton. I didn’t get to go play Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama, all those guys. Fortunately, I did have the opportunity to do that at the Senior Bowl. So, um, you know, yup, like I said, I’m just looking forward to going out and competing against the best players in the world.”
When asked what Trautman knows about his new hometown, one major event popped into his head first. “Mardi Gras.”
More importantly though, Trautman already understands the prestige of the Saints. “Like obviously, like it’s one of the best organizations in the entire NFL. You’re always in Super Bowl contention. You win all the time. All that kind of stuff, so that’s awesome to be a part of that.”
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the NFL to cancel all off-season camps, including rookie camp and OTAs, Trautman hasn’t let it affect his preparation to make sure he’s game-day ready. “Fortunately I have access to a turf field here in Dayton and my little brother is with me. He’ll throw the ball to me obviously when I run routes. He’ll hold a pad for me when I need to block. These next couple months is where a lot of games are going to be won and lost this upcoming fall because some people can use it as an excuse to – this time to just kind of like chill and take it out, take it off. Or some guys are gonna use it as a way to gain an edge and obviously that’s what myself—I, myself – am trying to do and our whole team is trying to do.”
Trautman looks to move to New Orleans soon to help get acclimated to the climate before the Saints’ first pre-season game slated for August 23rd against the Texans.