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A player with great mass who shows decent quickness is rare, and that combination makes Ta'amu one of the top defensive linemen available. Possibly headed for a pick as high as the second round, Ta'amu clearly could be a good run-stuffer as the nose tackle in a 3-4 defense and those kinds of players are generally hard to find in the draft. He was among the lowest-graded defensive lineman at the NFL combine, though that didn't come as a big surprise considering he was one of the largest participants in attendance. Ta'amu must work on his pass-rushing skills, considering his only real move to get to the quarterback is a bull rush. He did have 3 1/2 sacks as a senior en route to all-Pac-12 honorable mention and finished with 7 1/2 for his career. A team captain who started 40 of his 50 games with Washington, Ta'amu didn't quite live up to expectations in his final season following a big performance in the 2010 Holiday Bowl. In that win over Nebraska, he had one sack, returned a fumble 14 yards to set up a touchdown and was held in the end zone to cause a safety. Ta'amu takes up plenty of space in the middle, often occupying two blockers, and can get through gaps to track down runners. He wasn't particularly impressive at the Senior Bowl, showing poor leverage, though he did occasionally put pressure on Oklahoma State star quarterback Brandon Weeden.