Kamalei Correa   OLB/DE   Boise St

Kamalei reminds me of Connor Barwin selected in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft by the Houston Texans. Kamalei has good size, solid agility and speed to play OLB/DE in a 3-4 defensive scheme. He has the ability to rush the quarterback standing up and the agility to fall off the line into coverage when need be. Kamalei is a more explosive player than Connor and comes off the line from a three point stance or standing up with the suddenness needed to become an excellent pass rusher for the team that selects him. He plays with his hand down or standing up on either side of the defensive line and also plays as a middle linebacker at times for his college team attacking the line of scrimmage. Like I said before, Kamalei has an excellent burst off the line of scrimmage and when he is lined up wide on the end of the defensive line is when he shows his true explosive pass rush ability to impact for the team that selects him.

Right now it looks on film like Kamalei is thinking way too much and is playing too many positions and has too many responsibilities to impact. He does struggle getting off blocks and making tackles and he struggles getting to the quarterback in pass rush situations against double teams and has to learn the correct “timing” of using his hands to free himself up. Kamalei has to be in the right system and with a coaching staff that will simplify his responsibilities to allow his athletic talent to impact.

What do I mean by the correct “timing” of using his hands to free himself up? Strong, powerful, big players can wait until an offensive lineman engages and has their hands on them and then knock them up or down and use the lower body strength to free themselves and shed a player to make a play. Kamalei has to knock an offensive lineman’s hands down or up before engaging with him using his suddenness and lateral speed to make that player move out of their comfort zone laterally getting them off balance and than making his play into the backfield. Kamalei has the talent to impact but someone will have to find the right position and will have to give him time to learn the techniques of that position and allow his athletic talent to impact. I believe given that time, Kamalei has the potential to be the type of pass rusher who will sign a very big contract when he hits free agency. He has to learn better techniques and concentrate on learning only one position, but he has the athleticism, speed and suddenness off the line of scrimmage to impact in a big way. Kamalei will most likely not be selected in the first round of this draft, but there is no doubt he has first round talent so look at Rob’s board to see what round he might land in because it would not surprise me if Kamalei gets lost in the shuffle of this deep defensive player draft.

Drew Boylhart  MAR.2016