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Place Deadrin Senat In The Middle Of The Redskins DL And He Will Help Stop The Run

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2018 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

NCAA Football: South Florida at Cincinnati Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Deadrin Senat, DL
School: South Florida | Conference: AAC
College Experience: rSr | Age: 22?
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 314 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Elijah Qualls

College Statistics

Player Overview

Deadrin Senat was a 3-star recruit from Immokalee, Florida. Senat had an interesting and lengthy recruitment/commit process. He first took an official visit to the Miami Hurricanes in 2011 and had them at the top of his list. Then Florida State gave him an offer and he verbally committed. Senat then de-committed from FSU once he realized he was getting a lot more interest than he anticipated. He showed some interest in South Carolina then finally took an official visit to South Florida before he settled down there. Senat has been through personal adversity and tragedy. When he was a freshman in high school his mom died from a complication from a spider bite. When he was a sophomore in college his dad died from cancer. Senat says he has channeled his grief onto the football field and in turn, he has become a very productive interior defensive lineman. If Senat had attended a more blue chip program he probably would be going much higher than he is projected in this draft. He is a bowling ball in the middle using his strength and quickness to collapse the interior of the pocket. He has also drawn comparisons to Javon Hargrave. His defensive line coach at South Florida was Sean Cronin who also coached Vinny Curry at Marshall and was a large part of Senat’s development.

Strengths

  • Shorter defensive lineman but he is well proportioned and has great strength, good quickness, and excellent balance for the position.
  • Has a good initial burst off the snap and just about always wins the leverage battle. He plays with a nice wide base and has good contact balance. He can disengage and fight through scrums to get into the backfield and clog rushing lanes.
  • Has value as a pass rusher and has surprising closing speed for a big guy. Hangs are active and heavy and he can pin OL and get past them.
  • High motor player who works till the whistle and will pursue to the boundary and downfield.

Weaknesses

  • Shorter prospect who is not much of a factor defending passes at the LOS by getting his hands up.
  • Short arms so he has to win with strength and power instead of length. Also, it likely limits him to being a 0/1 technique in both base schemes.
  • Needs more variety in his pass rush and disengage moves. His go-to is an arm under/arm over move if that gets caught he goes nowhere.

Let's see his work:

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How He Would Fit On The Redskins

I think Javon Hargrave is a good player style comparison for Deadrin Senat. Senat is probably less refined as a pass rusher at this point compared to Hargrave but he displays great tools and certainly can be more than a space eater in the middle of a defensive line. Senat is exactly the type of defensive line prospect I want to work with coach Tomsula. His tape and production speaks for itself and illustrates his potential if he develops his skill set as well as a palatable floor as a rotational player in the middle if things don't go as planned. Senat would play NT for the Redskins in their base 3-4 and is likely to rotate with Hood or Ioannidis. I think he may come off on pass rushing downs especially in nickel formations in favor of Ioannidis at least initially until he develops his pass rushing moves and counters. Senat has a high motor and plays with good awareness even when he’s in the middle of fighting offensive lineman. He should help the Redskins run defense and work hard on every down at minimum with the potential to do more as he develops.