Deadrin Senat NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Atlanta Falcons' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, AL - DECEMBER 23: Deadrin Senat #10 of the South Florida Bulls sacks Nic Shimonek #16 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half of the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field on December 23, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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POSITIVES

—A 6'0", 314-pound heavyweight in a compact frame that can anchor well.

—Has quick hands paired with well-timed strikes.

—Creates leverage naturally and can utilize it to collapse pockets.

—Effort player who showed up on film and in predraft competitive practices.

—His weight drops to center and can fight pressure well. Remains balanced as he fights across reach blocks.

                                  

NEGATIVES

—Doesn't offer much position versatility and is essentially just a 4-3 nose tackle.

—Average change-of-direction skills limit his ability to burst through lanes created in pass rushes.

—Only wins with quick hands and will struggle to vary moves routinely against guards that quick-set him.

—Down blocks swallow him, and he struggles to disengage to redirect.

—Offensive lineman who can counterpunch will exploit his lack of height or length, which forces him to punch first.

                                         

OVERALL

Senat is a thick-bodied nose tackle who has limited positional versatility, but he can create some havoc on the interior. He has some natural and athletic limitations that teams will struggle to grasp as they look for interior linemen who are more than just space-eaters. Senat has good initial hand quickness that can mitigate some of the length concerns and help him hear his name called as a practice squad candidate for his first season.

                      

GRADE: 5.50 (Round 6-7)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: David Parry, New Orleans Saints

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