Originally a fifth round selection of the Arizona Cardinals (151st overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, since first joining New Orleans as a member of the practice squad at the start of the 2013 season, this fourth-year offensive lineman has displayed the versatility to play every position on the line. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder played in all 16 games for the first time in his career, opening five games, including contests at both guard positions and right tackle.
NFL CAREER – Originally a fifth round selection of the Arizona Cardinals (151st overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, since first joining New Orleans as a member of the practice squad at the start of the 2013 season, this fourth-year offensive lineman has displayed the versatility to play every position on the line. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder played in all 16 games for the first time in his career, opening five games, including contests at both guard positions and right tackle.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Re-signed, 3/10/16; Signed to reserve/future contract, 1/11/14; Re-signed to practice squad, 9/26/13; Released from practice squad, 9/24/13; Signed by Saints to practice squad, 9/2/13; Waived by Cardinals, 8/30/13; Signed by Cardinals to four-year contract, 5/15/12; Selected by Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
2015 – Appeared in all 16 games for the first time, with five starts…Made first career start at Carolina, Sept. 27, filling in for Jahri Evans…Made second consecutive start at RG vs. Dallas, Oct. 4, and blocked for an offense that gained 438 total net yards…Made the start at Philadelphia, Oct. 11, blocking for an offense that gained 388 total net yards…Started at LG vs. Atlanta, Oct. 15, in place of the injured Tim Lelito, blocking for an offense that gained 385 total net yards of offense...Made first career NFL start at LT in place of an injured Terron Armstead in team’s finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16, and was part of a line that gained 323 net yards passing and didn’t surrender a sack. 2014 – Played in 10 games, seeing action primarily on special teams. 2013 – Spent most of the regular season and the entire postseason on the Saints practice squad. 2012 – Played in finale for Arizona after being inactive in first 15 games…Made NFL debut at San Francisco, Dec. 30, playing at RG after Pat McQuistan suffered an ankle injury. Caught a deflected pass and gained 10 yards in the second quarter.
COLLEGE – Two-time team captain and All-Pac-12 performer, who started 41-of-46 games played for the Huskies from 2008-11…Started final 26 games at LT after opening 11 contests at RG as sophomore…Credited with 258 knockdowns and 35 TD resulting blocks…Served as team captain for second straight year and earned second-team All-Pac 12 and team’s John P. Angel Offensive Lineman of the Year award after starting all 13 games at LT as senior…Named team captain after making the switch from RG to LT before season and started all 13 contests at LT as a junior…One of only two Husky linemen to start each game and only one to open each contest at the same position…After switching from DT to RG during the spring, started 11-of-12 games and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a sophomore and was named the team’s John P. Angel Lineman of the Year…As freshman, played in eight of the Huskies 12 games at LDT, starting four contests. One of 12 true freshmen to play in 2008 and one of nine to start at least one game…General studies major.
PERSONAL – Name pronounced “SENN-ee-oh” “KEL-uh-MET-tay”…Attended Evergreen (Seattle, Wash.) HS, where he was named the Seamount League’s Lineman of the Year on both the offensive and defensive lines as a senior…Earned All-American honors from Super
Prep and earned first-team All-State honors from the Associated Press and Seattle Times…As a junior, named first-team All-League on both the offensive and defensive lines…Led team to state playoffs for first time since 2001 as a senior…Also lettered in wrestling and was a discus thrower for the Wolverines, winning the Seamount League discus title in 2007…Participated in the state wrestling tournament as a junior…An active participant in several community events.
Saints offensive lineman Senio Kelemente met with media Wednesday, Nov. 30 and talked about his preparation each week in order to be ready to step up at a variety of positions along the offensive line (New Orleans Saints Video)
Saints guard Senio Kelemente recaps the second week of OTAs and how he is looking forward to the possibility of starting at one of the interior lineman positions. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints Guard Senio Kelemete met with media Monday, Sept. 28 and talked about how he performed in his first start of the season filling in for an injured Jahri Evans. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints Guard Senio Kelemente met with media Thursday, Sept. 24 and talked about how he has been practicing at right guard while Jahari Evans has been out of practice. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)