ColtPower.com has been following Tamme since the Senior Bowl. After the Combine and our report on him then, Tamme became a favorite of ours, leading up to the prediction that he was their man... granted, in the fifth round, not the fourth.
The Colts must have liked the value they saw in Tamme in the fourth round, however, and pulled the trigger on the Wildcat rather than take a chance he wouldn't be there in the fifth.
Scout.com ranks Tamme as the ninth-best tight end in this draft, but he projects well to the Indianapolis offense because of his receiving ability — Tamme caught 56 passes for 619 yards and six touchdowns in 2007.
Kentucky's Jacob Tamme
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Scout.com's Tom Marino, a veteran scout with over 35 years of NFL experience, had a number of nice things to say about the Wildcat tight end. "Tamme could be a very effective player in the right system," Marino said in a recent scouting report exclusive to Scout.com. "He has excellent straight-line speed, can run, and catch the ball outside his body. He's very skilled at finding the soft spot in a zone, will settle in and make himself a good target, and has good ball skills when the pass comes in his direction. He's a very smart player with great intangibles that has enough speed to stretch the vertical seam."
Though some have questioned his toughness and his blocking ability, there were similar questions surrounding Dallas Clark when he was first drafted.
With no guarantees that Bryan Fletcher will be signed for the long term after playing out his restricted free agent tender this season and Ben Utecht moving the the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason, it was imperative that the Colts select a tight end at some point.
In our estimation, they took the best guy out there.
Clark will serve as a mentor and guide to Tamme for him to take his game to the next level. As Tom Marino said, Tamme could be very effective in the right system.
With Peyton Manning and all the weapons the Colts have on offense, as well as their proclivity to throw the ball vertically up the seam to their tight ends, setting them out in space to get the best match-up as well as a clean release from the line of scrimmage, it looks as though Indianapolis is the right system for him.