Saturday, April 28, 2012
Arizona Cardinals Take OG/OT Senio Kelemete In The 5th Round Of The 2012 NFL Draft
by GreaZzy on Apr 28, 2012 12:58 PM MDT in NFL Draft/Combine
Cardinals continue their strong 2012 Draft by grabbing #56 OG Senio Kelemete (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
After taking Bobby Massie earlier in the 4th round, the Cardinals double up on offensive linemen by selecting Washington OT Senio Kelemete, although Kelemete will almost assuredly be moved inside to play guard. Kelemete has a very high ceiling, due to his great natural athleticism, but will need some work on technique at the next level. If Russ Grimm is the great offensive line coach we all claim he is, Kelemete should be a very good guard in a couple of years.
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Kelemete is often praised for his natural athleticism. He has quick feet and good explosion of the snap. Very fluid in his movements and changing directions but technique is below average and will need to be refined. His quick get off puts him in good position to handle opposing pass rushers, however lower quality technique detracts from ability.
When moved inside, Kelemete should have little trouble with interior rushers. Great lower body strength allows him to anchor against bull rushers, and good fluidity in movement allows him to stay with defenders. Run blocking is also a strength of Kelemete's, as his explosion of the line and aggressive blocking allows him to create lanes for his runningbacks.
Overall, Kelemete will need a season or two, but with Russ Grimm coaching up his technique, Kelemete should be a great addition to the Cardinals offensive line. Pairing him up with fourth rounder Bobby Massie on the right side give the Cardinals to great offensive line prospects to reconstruct then Cardinals oft criticized offensive line.