PFF scouting report: Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State
Below is the PFF draft profile for Boise State outside linebacker Kamalei Correa, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.
3-4 outside linebacker
Stats to know:
–No. 24-ranked edge defender (+22.2 overall grade). Positive coverage, run defense, and pass-rush grades in both 2014 and 2015.
–No. 30 pass-rush grade – 8 sacks, 12 hits, 16 hurries.
–No. 11 pass-rush productivity among 4-3 DEs
–Earned a +5.1 grade in 84 snaps against Power-5 teams last season, which is a very good number
What he does best:
–Slippery, athletic rusher. Wins with movement over hands and strength. Saw the occasional rip move.
–Good closing speed, can track down QBs and backs/receivers in space. Looked very impressive athletically when left unblocked and on stunts.
–Gave backs and tight ends a hard time. Blew up the play several times against Washington when they tried to reach block him with a TE.
–Can convert speed into an effective bull rush. Picked up bull-rush pressure once every 79.0 rushes, which ranked No. 28 in the class.
–Didn’t face much Power-5 competition (84 snaps in 2015, 133 snaps in 2014), but graded well when he did.
–Doesn’t use his hands much as a rusher, relies more on speed/quickness. Will that be enough against more athletic NFL tackles?
–Even snap split between left and right side, but more productive rushing against college right tackles.
–Can be pushed around in run defense if blockers lock on. He was also much less involved on run plays in 2015 compared to 2014. Last season Correa was the primary tackler on just 19 plays — tied for 111 of 143 edge players in the class.
–Run-stop percentage of 4.5 percent ranked only 114th in the class
Fantastic athlete with positive grades in all three facets over the last two seasons. Frequently played with his hand on the ground at Boise State, but doesn’t have the size to be a down lineman in the NFL.