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2016 NFL Draft: Kamalei Correa selected 42nd overall by Baltimore Ravens

Kamalei Correa - EDGE, Boise StatePick Analysis


Kamalei Correa – EDGE, Boise State

Pick Analysis

For a long time the Ravens have had a feared pass rush with Terrell Suggs and others. However, Suggs is coming off a torn Achilles and both he and Dumervil are getting up in age, so they need some young guys to groom for the future. Correa is raw, but he’ll have time to develop. He is an excellent hustle player; he never gives up on a play. He is explosive too, which is handy as he is a little undersized. He must work on setting the edge against the run and add some more pass rush moves but he has good tools to work with. (Remy Cabache)

Player Analysis

Correa is a fun player to watch on film when he succeeds in being at his effective best.  While obviously very athletic with instantly recognisable initial burst and acceleration off the snap, he doubles down on that by being one of the most tenacious, high energy, high motor defensive prospects in this class.  Part of the key there though is “at his best”.  In truth, a lot of the time that energetic game looks impressive, but in actual fact doesn’t achieve much.  Too often if the early rush attempt through his get-off doesn’t do the trick, he’s quite comfortably eased round the edge and away from the play or simply stonewalled at the point of attack.  Many of the stats he produces come as a result of a quarterback holding onto the ball too long allowing Correa’s hustle to the whistle to get there in the end (still a commendable attribute) or from going unblocked.  That said, the numbers are still impressive with 30 TFLs and 19 sacks in the past two seasons combined.  Much more of those numbers came as a sophomore, with his numbers taking a fairly significant dip this year, but at least to some extent the extra attention from offenses to neutralise his threat accounts for that to some degree.  Correa is at his best going forward, attacking into the backfield, but he has a lot of experience dropping back into coverage in the pass game as well.  He’s by no means a standout in this area, looking a bit stiff and functional rather than anticipatory and instinctive, but knowing what to do and doing a job at least gives him a more complete game.  While he’s not lacking strength, and certainly delivers a punch at the point of attack, he none-the-less doesn’t win enough physical battles, or finds enough ways to counter once linemen have established contact.  He’s a hardworking, athletic and productive pass rusher, which deserves a day 2 pick, but even though players at his position get pushed up due to every team’s need to get after the QB, a first round pick might be a little rich for his talents. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: Kamalei Correa selected 42nd overall by Baltimore Ravens

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