Boise State isn’t the national powerhouse that it once was, but that doesn’t mean they’re short on talent. For the third consecutive year they see a star player forego their senior season and leave for the draft (Lawrence, Ajayi). Correa is a bit of a mystery, even at this stage in the evaluation process. His tape doesn’t quite resemble that of a 2nd or even 1st round caliber player, but his upside is what teams will cling to when evaluating him. Correa flashes some real pass rushing potential, but does he have the size and technique to make it in the NFL?
Name: Kamalei Correa
College: Boise State
Projection: 2nd-4th round
Comparison: Frank Zombo
Strengths: Strong, compact and proportioned frame. Lightening quick and stands out on tape. Can skate across the arch and cover a lot of ground in the open field. Played all over in varied fronts and covered in the slot offering a lot of versatility. Looks comfortable in space and in coverage.
Weaknesses: Lacks length, bulk and is undersized. Very raw and still figuring out what to do as a pass-rusher with his hands. Gets too preoccupied trying to out-muscle his match-up.
Overview: Kamalei Correa is an impressive athlete who offers versatility as a rush linebacker and a standard off-ball linebacker. Has undeniable upside and is coming out early. Has the athletic ability teams like and ideally should come off the board in the fourth round but could go earlier due to his upside.