- A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round/151 - Senio Kelemete, G/T, 6-3, 300, Washington...Kelemete played left tackle at Washington but the Cardinals think he's a guard. - The Sports Xchange
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A surprisingly fluid athlete who started at three different positions (and on both sides of the all) during his career with the Huskies, Kelemete may wind up playing a different one once drafted into the NFL. Kelemete signed with the Huskies as a defensive tackle and started four games there as a freshman in 2008, playing in eight contests overall (four tackles). He made the switch to the offensive side of the ball in the spring of 2009 and wound up starting 11 of 12 games at right guard as a sophomore, earning honorable mention All-PAc-10 honors. As Washington's most reliable and athletic offensive lineman, Kelemete was asked to move again as a junior. This time the move stuck as he started the next 26 consecutive games on the blindside.
Kelemete is light on his feet and made steady gains in his second season as a starting left tackle, earning second-team all-conference honors in 2011 and a spot on the Senior Bowl. Ultimately, Kelemete's moderate height and arm length, however, is likely to force him back inside in the NFL. Considering his pass blocking potential, his best fit may ultimately be at left guard. Considering his versatility, potential as a pass blocker and aggression as a run blocker, Kelemete could earn consideration within the top 100 picks.
POSITIVES: Versatile player who has started at a high level outside and inside for Washington. Good initial quickness to seal defenders from the action. Powerful hands which he uses well to get an initial jolt to the defender. Flashes some nastiness to his play and seems to enjoy the physicality of the trenches. Isn't satisfied with just blocking one man; will peel back and look for defenders pursuing from the backside, as well. Good lateral agility and balance to mirror the defender when protected, though he does not have the length or agility to remain at left tackle against NFL speed. Possesses light feet and the ability to get out and block at the second level. Was occasionally asked to pull from left tackle and serve as Chris Polk's lead blocker, showing very good agility and physicality when meeting linebackers in the hole. Two-time team captain.
NEGATIVES: While light on his feet for a guard prospect, Kelemete does not possess the range or size to remain outside against NFL speed. Has to do a better job of keeping his eyes up and feet moving on contact as he'll lose defenders too often when in position to control them by supplying a strong initial punch but failing to remain in control when doing so. Possesses good strength in his upper body but needs to continue to improve his core strength. Better suited to a zone blocking system due to his athleticism rather than simply driving defenders off the ball at this time.