A round after taking tackle Bobby Massie, the Cards go with Washington offensive lineman Senio Kelemete in the fifth round. Kelemete, 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, played tackle in college but projects to guard in the NFL. Kelemete was a two-time captain with the Huskies, starting 41 of 45 games and getting on the Pac-12’s second-team all-conference. He only benched 20 times at the Combine (by comparison, new cornerback Jamell Fleming had 23 reps.)
“I see myself at left guard or left tackle,” Kelemete said. “Wherever they need to plug me in.”
He also said his strengths are his attitude, and bringing out the best in the players around him. The scouting reports call him tough and competitive, a guy who will get better with NFL coaching. The Cards needed to inject some youth on the offensive line and have done so with the last couple of picks. They need to be brought along under offensive line coach Russ Grimm and Kelemete seems like an ideal prospect. On the conference call, his voice inflection sounds a lot like the guy he would likely replace on the roster, Deuce Lutui.
UPDATE: Grimm said that indeed, Kelemete is projected as a guard. “It’s nice to know he can move out to tackle if you have to.” He also said the Cards “should” have enough depth. “You always like to have eight or nine you are comfortable putting out there.”
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