Atlanta Falcons: Trade or play Deadrin Senat


Reserve Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Deadrin Senat was selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft, after being inactive for most of 2019, either prepare to play him or trade him before his stock bottoms out.

When Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn talked about Deadrin Senat after drafting just two years ago, he was excited. Quinn was convinced that they had found another diamond in the rough like they had with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Similar in size and power, the two undersized defensive tackles seemed to be the future of the Atlanta Falcons defensive line.

Last offseason, the Falcons brought in Tyeler Davison and Allen Bailey to add to Jarrett, Senat and Jack Crawford. The Falcons seemed to have one of the deepest defensive lines in football as all of them showed promise in 2018 either with the Falcons or their former teams.

However, 2019 proved to be a much different year for Senat as he was inactive for most of the Atlanta Falcons season. He appeared on the injury report just once all year and even then he practiced.

Despite being inactive, Senat was listed all year as the backup to Jarrett despite only being active in a handful of games.

In 2019, Deadrin Senate appeared in just two games – the win at San Francisco and the win in Tampa to end the year. He played 21 total snaps on defense and three on special teams. That was a dramatic drop from his rookie year where he was on the field for nearly 40 percent of the defensive snaps and logged 30 tackles, two tackles for loss and three quarterback hits.

If Senat has already lost the trust of the coaching staff, Atlanta Falcons general manager needs to move him in order to get back for him before the Falcons lose another upper echelon draft pick with nothing in return for him like they did Vic Beasley.

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It would be nice to Deadrin Senat on the field in 2020, but if he is no longer in the Atlanta Falcons long term plans, get something for him before he is worth even less.