Falcons pick USF’s Deadrin Senat in 3rd round

USF defensive end Mike Love (98) and defensive tackle Deadrin Senat pressure Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek during the Birmingham Bowl in December at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. [Times files (2017)]
USF defensive end Mike Love (98) and defensive tackle Deadrin Senat pressure Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek during the Birmingham Bowl in December at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. [Times files (2017)]
Published April 27 2018
Updated April 27 2018

As expected, DT Deadrin Senat became the first USF player to go off the NFL draft board Friday night when the Falcons selected him in the third round.

As the 90th overall selection, Senat becomes the Bulls' earliest draftee since DB Kayvon Webster, a Broncos third-round pick (90th overall) in 2013.

"He is a durable, consistent player, shows up every day," ESPN analyst Todd McShay said.

A first-team All-American Athletic Conference pick as a senior, Senat (6-foot, 314 pounds) was practically unstoppable down the stretch in 2017 (career-high 66 tackles, six sacks). He had a personal-best 13 tackles in a mid-November win against Tulsa, then tied the school's bowl record with three sacks against Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl.

"Big interior guy that can be very, very strong holding the point," Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said Friday night. "Moves around well inside, and we are excited about pairing him with (veteran DT) Grady Jarrett."

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Following his senior year, Senat competed in the East-West Shrine Game and NFL scouting combine, doing 35 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.

"I think he's a perfect fit at the 4-3 nose tackle," McShay said. "Quick to disengage, even though he has short arms. He's strong, love his motor."

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