Wagner's Senat seeks to end NEC draft drought
By CRAIG HALEY
(STATS) - While Northeast Conference football has improved all the decade long - with stronger scheduling and some of the most competitive races in the FCS - it hasn't had an NFL draft pick.
The last NEC draft pick was Monmouth tight end John Nalbone by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2009 draft.
Wagner offensive tackle Greg Senat hopes to be the first NEC pick since then - and the sixth in conference history - during this week's three-day, seven-round extravaganza in Arlington, Texas.
The 6-foot-6, 302-pound Senat might be a boom-or-bust prospect, a physical specimen with raw skills, as he didn't take up football at Wagner until his junior season in 2016. He was a four-year basketball player at the small school on Staten Island, playing power forward.
Still, scouts saw enough in him to make him the first NEC player to be invited to the East-West Shrine Game. He later participated in the NFL combine and Wagner's first-ever pro day.
"Aggressive, fast," Senat says about himself. "I do a lot of film study because I like to know everything that's happening on the other side of the ball. Just a smart, fast, hard-nosed kind of player.
"I would love to get drafted by a team that really wants me, see the things that I can do and more willing to put the time in to help the team that I want to play for. No fears, more excitement, more anxious to get started."
Updated April 24, 2018