Deadrin Senat (DL, South Florida) – 56

Senat is a short, squat, intense DT who lines up mostly as a 3-tech at USF.  His power is obvious when he plays low to the ground; he can anchor really well against the run and uses his upper body strength to shed blocks and make plays.  The caveat here, though, is “when he plays low to the ground”.  Too often, I saw Senat neutralise his natural ability by rising up too far out of his stance and allowing the guard an easy route into his chest.  He also needs to work on his explosiveness out of his stance – he is not the quickest off the ball.  There are times when he can get skinny – if that’s not an absurd paradox for a 310lb DT – though a gap and disrupt a play and I like his ability to move smoothly down the line without moving backwards.  As a pass rusher, however, he offers very little; he relies on a pretty limited bull rush and, as his stats of 1 sack in three years suggest, it seldom presents a guard or center with too much trouble.  Senat will give you effort and tenacity against the run and is a very sound tackler for a defensive lineman.  At the same time, however, he is not particularly impressive in terms of size and explosiveness and it is hard to see him being much more than a back-up in the NFL.  I would see him as a Day 3 option.

Amari Coleman (CB, Central Michigan) – 46

Coleman is a heady, productive CB who won 1st Team All-MAC honours as a junior.  In the MAC, you can see why; he is an intelligent CB who reads routes well and who will bait QBs into making unwise throws.  Against Ohio, for instance, last year, he had 4 passes defended.  Those quick diagnostic skills were also evident against a higher standard of competition; in his interception return for a TD against Virginia, he read the QB perfectly, stepping in front of a screen pass and coasting to the end zone.  I was most interested, however, in watching Coleman against Oklahoma State’s top tier passing attack and, in this game, his limitations as an athlete were pretty brutally exposed.  He was constantly out of phase with the OSU WRs and lacked the speed and agility to cope with their threat.  I really like Coleman’s effort and intelligence but I just don’t think he has the raw athletic skills or physical presence needed to be an effective contributor at the highest level.  As such, I see him as an undrafted free agent prospect at this point in time.

Nate Velichko (G, San Jose State) – 47

Velichko is an experienced and versatile lineman, who has started at both tackle and guard at San Jose State, on both sides of the line.  He is by no means an elite prospect but I do think that his skill-set, allied to this versatility, might make him a viable practice squad candidate for an NFL team in 2018.  His main strength is his alertness; he recognises his responsibilities and can often be seen shunting off his primary responsibility to one of his teammates in order to pick up a secondary threat.  He has quite a powerful punch and is reasonably athletic, with the ability to move quickly towards the second level.  When he keeps his feet chopping, he is a creditable run blocker and I enjoyed the amount of pancake blocks for which he was responsible – always, for me, a positive sign!  He is, however, a marginal prospect at best at the next level, due to the flaws in pass protection, where he tends to over-extend and lose his balance, forcing him to lunge and lose control of contact situations.  This is, I suspect, partly due to two things: 1) he plays too high – at 6-7, he struggles to gain leverage – and 2) he is a bit slow off the snap and, as a result, lacks the explosion you would really want to see.  A good offensive line coach will smooth out some of these difficulties and, although Velichko is a long-shot to make it in the NFL, I see enough on tape to suggest that a camp invite is feasible.