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2018 NFL Draft: Falcons select Deadrin Senat in third round

Atlanta gets a promising defensive tackle.

NCAA Football: Tulsa at South Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons stood firm at pick 58 and snagged one of the top corners in the 2018 NFL Draft in Isaiah Oliver. Not sure who is nursing Thomas Dimitroff through his trade-up trembles but the Falcons have come away with legitimate steals by holding fast and selecting Calvin Ridley and Isaiah Oliver.

But Dimitroff finally got the DTs—err, his DT, in the third round of the draft. At pick 90 the Falcons doubled-down on defense and filled their defensive tackle vacancy by grabbing Deadrin Senat out of USF.

Senat raised eyebrows at the Shrine Game for his absurd pass rush skills.

At 6’0, 314, Senat has a squat build — similar to Grady Jarrett. He’s undersized as an interior defensive lineman, but he impressed at USF with his relentless motor and hand usage. Senat will flash in pass rush, and will prove a solid complement to Grady Jarrett as his ability to gain leverage on offensive lineman will allow Grady to do work in the backfield.

Across four seasons at USF, Deadrin Senat amassed 178 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. An AAC All-Conference first team selection in 2017, Senat closed out the season with 59 tackles in his last eight games.

The Falcons essentially went best player available with their first two picks, and finally filled their biggest need at defensive tackle in round three. Senat looks like a solid addition to Atlanta’s front four, and we’re excited to have him on board.

Welcome Deadrin Senat to The Brotherhood.