The Pittsburgh Steelers found out quickly that Alameda Taamu wont lack confidence after they selected him with the 109th overall pick in Saturdays fourth round.
Taamu was asked how his pass rush is.
Man, my pass-rush is amazing, Taamu said.
Taamu is a large and congenial man. Always smiling, he carried 6-foot-3, 337-pound frame with joy while playing defensive tackle for Washington. He also thought the Steelers may select him.
I knew that Pittsburgh was interested, Taamu said. They called me and talked to me.
Often, he clogged the middle for Washington. At times, like the 2010 Holiday Bowl against Nebraska, he could be dominant. Other times, Taamu had little impact.
He was the first Washington player selected in this year’s draft.
Coaches constantly worked with Taamu on his technique and effort. Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian touted Taamu as an All-Pac-12 conference performer, but he earned just honorable mention on last seasons all-conference teams.
He hopes the Steelers see him as someone who can stop the run and pass rush.
Ill show them what I got during camp, and hopefully Ill be on all three downs, Taamu said.
Taamu came to Washington as a Parade All-American from Rainier Beach High School.
Hes excited to meet Steelers linebacker and fellow Polynesian Troy Polamalu.
He represents a lot of the Polynesians out here on the West Coast, and the Samoans out here, Taamu said. To be able to play next to Troy Polamalu, Ive heard a lot of stories from my coaches that have coached him, and they say that hes the best football player overall that theyve ever played with because he knows the game.