MARTINSVILLE, N.J. – On the surface, Adham Talaat is a typical Division III player trying to pursue his NFL dreams.
Talaat is a 6-6, 292-pound defensive end who is generating some serious buzz from scouts. The interest is well-founded after a senior season in which the defensive end registered 46 tackles and five sacks despite facing double- and triple-teams from offensive linemen. Teams are intrigued by his size and strength and the rawness of his game, despite the fact that he has never heard the crowd cheer after one of his tackles.
As a toddler, Talaat was diagnosed with profound to severe hearing loss and fitted for hearing aids after his grandmother noticed one day that he wasn't responsive to her calls. He attended and played at Gallaudet University, the only college in the world dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing students.
Talaat is an unusual case among NFL draft prospects, but that hasn't stopped him before.
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