Adham Talaat shines in Pro Day workout


Gallaudet University hosted its first-ever Pro Day event on Wednesday, with the main attraction being star defensive end Adham Talaat’s workout in front of coaches and scouts from seven NFL teams.

Talaat, a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy (Division-III player of the year) and a first team all-conference pick, recorded 46 tackles and five sacks as a senior despite facing constant double- and triple-team blocking. He was not invited to the NFL’s pre-draft scouting combine in February.

In a recent feature on, Talaat talked about his Islamic lifestyle and obstacles he’s faced as a deaf football player. Gallaudet is the first established college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the United States.

Talaat officially measured 6-foot-6 and 271 pounds with a 6-foot-9 wingspan on Wednesday. He posted a 30-inch vertical leap and 9-foot-11 broad jump, bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds.

“The scouts were all very pleased and gave me a round of applause at the end,” Talaat said. “Some asked for my number to stay in touch directly.”

The NFL draft starts May 8 and concludes May 10. Talaat has been projected as anywhere from a fifth-round selection to being an undrafted free agent.

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