Dakota Tallman grew up in Elyria, Ohio. During his youth, Tallman played all sorts of sports for a vast majority of his life which includes baseball, basketball and football.
I asked Tallman why he continued playing football and he reflected by saying, “I choose football because it’s the ultimate team game. It requires you to count on 10 other guys at once in order to win. Also I am kind of built for playing offensive line and that’s a unique thing.”
Tallman attended Elyria Catholic High School located within his hometown. Tallman played under Mike Polevacik and during his four year career in high school, was selected as Ohio’s Top-200 Senior Prospects.
During the impressive career in high school, Tallman was able to start in every game since halfway through his freshman season. Tallman was named First-Team All-Ohio Divison IV as a senior and Second-Team All-Ohio Division IV as a junior.
Following his extraordinary career in high school, Tallman committed to Eastern Michigan University on Sep. 4, 2013 and signed his letter of intent on Feb. 5 2014.
Tallman talked about his choice to attend Eastern Michigan to continue both an academic and athletic career by saying, “Eastern felt like home to me on my first visit. It had that small school feel but still wasn’t small. One of the biggest things that the group of guys I came in with wanted to do was change the program and that’s what we did.”
The offensive line that Tallman helped anchor allowed opponents to record just 22 sacks within 12 games. Tallman was a two-star recruit coming out of high school but played with excellent athleticism and technique.
Tallman was able to successfully hold the blocks for both the passing and rushing game which helped the Eagles generate 145 rushing yards and 226 passing yards a game. The Eagles flipped the script and saw the program head to two bowl games in three years.
Every athlete has a player they watch enough to learn moves and techniques from and when I asked Tallman about who that player was for him he said, “growing up I spent a lot of time watching the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. The Browns because I was from Cleveland and the Patriots because my dad is a big Patriots fan (so am I). I always played tackle, so I would watch Joe Thomas for the Browns and Nate Solder for the Patriots. Now that I have moved in the interior of the offensive line I watch Alex Mack a lot.”
Tallman intends to play professional football whether it be in the NFL, CFL or AAF. However, Tallman stated, “playing college or professional football was always a dream but I always said if I didn’t have football then I wanted to be a marine biologist.”
Tallman should hear his name selected because of his athletic ability and grit. Being able to successfully plant his feet and hold blocks against some of the strongest defensive lines within the MAC is highly impressive. The young man is highly talented with a bright future ahead of him.
Tune into the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn. from April 25-27. The Draft will be the 84th Annual meeting from within the NFL.