Deaf Broncos Fan May Be Drafted
- Updated: May 2, 2014
A deaf player who grew up a Denver Broncos fan, may be drafted in the upcoming NFL draft. Adam Talaat, who played for Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, D.C., has drawn interest from NFL teams.
Talaat has spoken or met with close to two dozen teams and hopes the interest translates into having his name called during the draft, even though he won’t be able to hear it.
Despite unimpressive numbers this season, the 6-6, 270 pound Talaat has talent that the NFL won’t be able to ignore. He was double and triple-teamed all season which held his sack total to only 5 and his tackles to 46. But there is no mistaking his talent.
Talaat had an impressive pro day and we all know how much NFL teams like measurables. He ran a 4.94 40-yard dash, bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times and delivered a 30-inch vertical leap. He won’t challenge for the NBA dunk contest with that vertical, but it is a good number for a guy who weighs 270.
You can’t measure the desire to succeed and will to win of a player, but I imagine a guy like this who has overcome obstacles his whole life,would check all the boxes in the intangibles section. Best wishes to him in his NFL career.