Pita Taumoepenu

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Pita Taumoepenu
No. 55 – San Francisco 49ers
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1994-03-09) March 9, 1994 (age 24)
Euless, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Provo (UT) Timpview
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 6 / Pick: 202
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Pita Taumoepenu (born March 9, 1994) is an American football linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Utah.[1]

Professional career

Coming out of Utah, Taumoepenu was ranked as the 28th best outside linebacker prospect by CBS Sports.[2] On October 4, 2016, it was announced Taumoepenu had received an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.[3] On January 21, 2017, Taumoepenu attended the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and recorded four solo tackles and one sack as apart of Jim Zorn's American team who lost 27-7 to Mike Martz's National.[4] He was one of eight Utah players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.[5] He completed the majority of combine drills and finished second amongst all the defensive lineman in the 40-yard dash and the three-cone drill, only behind Kansas State's Jordan Willis, and finished sixth in the short shuttle.[6] On March 23, 2017, Taumoepenu attended Utah's pro day and performed the majority of combine drills. He attended a private meeting with Pittsburgh Steelers.[7] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Taumoepenu was projected to be a seventh round pick or priority undrafted free agent. He was ranked the 29th best outside linebacker prospect by NFLDraftScout.com.[8]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
243 lb
(110 kg)
32 38 in
(0.82 m)
9 78 in
(0.25 m)
4.67 s 1.64 s 2.73 s 4.33 s 6.91 s 28 12 in
(0.72 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
24 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9]

The San Francisco 49ers selected Taumoepenu in the sixth round (202nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[10] On May 4, 2017, the 49ers signed him to a four-year, $2.54 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $145,444.[11]

Throughout training camp, he competed for a roster spot against Brock Coyle, Eli Harold, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Dekoda Watson, and Jimmie Gilbert. Head coach Kyle Shanahan named him the third strongside linebacker to begin the season, behind Eli Harold and Dekoda Watson.[12]

References

  1. ^ http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/49ers-select-de-pita-taumoepenu-sixth-round-2017-nfl-draft
  2. ^ Brandon Judd (January 19, 2017). "12 players with Utah ties set to make impressions in college football all-star games". desertnews.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ "35 Collegiate Bowl Players Invited to 2017 NFL Combine". Collegiate.NFLPA.com. October 4, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ "2017 Collegiate Bowl Box Score". collegiate.NFLPA.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Eight Utes Invited to 2017 NFL Scouting Combine". utahutes.com. February 26, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ Alex Kirshner (March 6, 2017). "NFL Combine results 2017: Full defensive linemen numbers". SBNation.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ Jeff Hartman (April 19, 2017). "Trio of defenders visit Steelers in latest round of pre-draft visits". behindthesteelcurtain.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Pita Taumoepenu, DS #29 OLB, Utah". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  9. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Pita Taumoepenu". NFL.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  10. ^ Fann, Joe (April 29, 2017). "San Francisco 49ers Draft Utah DL Pita Taumoepenu". 49ers.com. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Spotrac.com: Pita Taumoepenu contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ourlads.com: San Francisco 49ers depth chart: 10/01/2017". Ourlads.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 

External links

  • Utah Utes bio
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