2018 NFL Draft: Falcons select Deadrin Senat in third round

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With the No. 90 pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected defensive tackle Deadrin Senat out of South Florida on Friday night.

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WHY HE FITS

The Falcons’ greatest need entering the draft was considered to be defensive tackle, and they addressed that need by adding Senat in the third round. Senat played four seasons at South Florida, recording 178 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He should be a good rotational player, initially, and he offers upside against the run and as a pass rusher.

SCOUTING REPORT

The 6-foot, 314-pound defensive tackle has a compact, sturdy frame and good hand quickness to help him strike and gain leverage against opposing offensive linemen. Another aspect of Senat’s game that stands out is his motor; he doesn’t quit on a play until the whistle is blown. Senat is a player who has proven hard to move off of his base, and he always works to gain the advantage against blockers.

DRAFT GRADES

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com

  • Grade: B-
  • Comment: "They get a baby Grady Jarrett to play next to the real one. I like it."
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