Kamalei Correa

OLB Boise ST

6-2 7/8, 243, (O) 4.69! 

6.96 3-Cone! 4.18 SS!

31 5/8" Arms, 21 Reps,

34" Vert, 9'9" Broad,

Designated Rusher.

By TOM

Correa is a pure OLB, who can play in a 3-4 or 4-3. He is a true athletic freak, like he proved on his Proday. "Correa (6-foot-2 7/8, 242 pounds), who stood on his 40-yard dash time of 4.69 seconds at the combine," Gil Brandt said, "had a vertical jump of 34 inches, a broad jump of 9-foot-9, a 4.18-second short shuttle and a 6.96-second three-cone drill." But he doesn't always play to those numbers on the field.

Team have to be worried where they can play him. Most see him as a pure 3-4 OLB, but I think he can play an off the line linebacker in a 4-3. Where he won't have to play the run as much. He is the worst run defender off any linebacker I have ever seen mentioned in the 1st Round. He is a worse run defender than Spence. 

He really is a space player. He needs to be out in space making plays. When he gets engaged with a blocker he is usually losing. But when he can just run around and use his speed and athleticism he is winning. Great passrush instincts. He is a terrific blitzer when lined up at ILB and can just chrage up the gut like Jamie Collins.

What makes him so interesting is that he has that knack for hitting the quarterback. He probably rushes the least of any of the top rushers. His best position in the NFL might be as a Sam in a 4-3, where they let him blitz off the edge a lot. He had a great 2014 Season where he really put his name on the map:

SOPHOMORE (2014): Named All-Mountain West First Team...earned Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 27)...started all 14 games for Boise State...led the Mountain West in sacks (12.0) and was third in tackles-for-loss with 19.0...fifth on the Broncos with 59 tackles (40 solo), forced a pair of fumbles and blocked a punt at Mew Mexico (Nov. 8)...twice led the team out with The Hammer (Sept. 13 at Connecticut, Sept. 27 at Air Force)...made four tackles (three solo) including one for loss against Ole Miss (Aug. 28)...had three solo tackles and forced a fumble that was recovered by Boise State against Colorado State (Sept. 6)...posted two sacks for a combined loss of 12 yards at Connecticut (Sept. 13)...led team with seven tackles (five solo) and had a half-tackle for loss against Louisiana (Sept. 20)...had five tackles (two solo) at Air Force (Sept. 27)...shared a sack and made five tackles (three solo) at Nevada (Oct. 4)...had a sack and two tackles for loss in addition to breaking up a pass against Fresno State (Oct. 17)...posted a pair of sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss among his five overall tackles in win over BYU (Oct. 24)...blocked a punt and recovered the ensuing loose ball, and made a tackle-for-loss at New Mexico (Nov. 8)...had career-high three sacks among his four solo tackles in win at Wyoming (Nov. 22)...recorded a sack and three tackles-for-loss among his four tackles (three solo) in win over Utah State (Nov. 29)...shared a sack and broke up a pass in win over Fresno State (Dec. 6)...sacked Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon on the final play of the Fiesta Bowl to preserve Boise State's win over the 10th-ranked Wildcats (Dec. 31)...for the game had two sacks and 10 tackles (seven solo).

He really received a lot more attention in 2015. "I wanted to see more this year," an NFC scout said. "It's frustrating watching him because you can see the potential, but he just doesn't unlock it as much as he should. Against that schedule he should have been more productive." They played him in coverage more, and it showed in his stats: 

JUNIOR (2015): Named to All-Mountain West Second Team...started and appeared in all 13 games...led the team with 7.0 sacks and 11.0 tackles-for-loss...made six tackles, including a sack and 2.0 tackles-for-loss, in season opener against Washington (Sept. 4)...had a sack and 2.0 TFL at BYU (Sept. 12)...recorded a sack among his two tackles at Colorado State (Oct. 10)...picked up a sack, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and had six tackles (two solo) at Utah State (Oct. 16)...had a sack and 2.0 tackles-for-loss among his six tackles (five solo) at San José State (Nov. 27).

He might have the quickest hands of any rusher in the Draft. He flashes them out as he rushes, and can slap, chop, and jab in a blink. He has a lightning Swim move where he slaps the arm down with this outside hand and bolts past the blocker like heat lightning.

He can be over powering when he is blasting off and attacking forward. When he is moving too fast and aggressive to think he is at his best. The more he has to think the worse he looks. Terrible eyes reading plays. When he can see the QB and just run right at him he can look elite. He can put speed to power, and power shove the O-tackle off who weighs over 50-pounds more than he does, and make them look weak. He can turn the corner while jamming the OLT's outside shoulder, and turning him out of position.

However, when he is expected to read and react he can look like the worst prospect in the Draft. His best position in the NFL is probably as the designated rusher. When he can put his head down, and doesn't need to use his eyes, he can get to the QB as quick as anyone. Early in the game when teams can run or pass, he reads it wrong more than he reads it right.

Correa is the guy teams start doubling right from the start. He will stunt inside, and open things up for teammates, as they will also double him when he stunts inside. He doesn't hold up well to the double. But can escape and spy the QB down the line. He rushes from both sides. He will also drop off the line and line up like an ILB, and then blitz. It helps to stop the doubles.

When he lines up outside he sets the edge by turning sideways, and stays that way as he parallels the RB, he can look good. He plays in a very diverse hybrid defense. And he is a very versatile player in that defense. He will line up on the TE when he lines up way outside as an X or Y.

Additional Notes:

Utah-State: He will stand up and rush, and he will also drop into coverage. He will slide outside and zone the Flat. Nice job jamming the slot receiver, but often doesn't even try to run with him afterwards. He shows some speed to power, and can run over the OLT. He still needs work on his hands, which makes his potential even more interesting. He has a nice inside shoulder club that he uses to try and rush inside. Great inside burst on the ORT, but then can't handle the double by the RB. He needs to get stronger. He has an ultra quick swim move.

BYU: He had a nice strip sack against BYU. I like the way he blitzes from the second level. He is a terrific blitzer right up the gut when lined up as an ILB. He has a good burst off the snap, and can reach the corner on the speed rusher. He has some serious quickness changing direction. He can sure get up field quick.

UNLV: Not a great run defender. He can get knocked back and out of the play by the TE.  But, when he is expecting it he can hold him up, and make the tackle. The OLT and drive him straight into the ground on short yardage. I don't think he even had a tackle in this game.

Kamalei Correa Vs Colorado State 2015:

He really helps out the defense by lining up on both sides. He naturally rushes whenever he is allowed to go forward. He is terrible against the run. But watch him use his hands to naturally push himself past the OLT on the Draw (:01). Then he is lined up on the other side. He actually reads the play there, and physically sets the edge (:09). You have to like how he closes down the edge, which allows his teammate to make the tackle from behind.

Then he puts his hand in the dirt on 3rd and 5. He is not very physical. He gets completely taken out by the tight end (:16). Then they line him up as an off the ball linebacker. I love this Tape. Four plays, and he is lined up in four different positions. He sees the QB waggle outside, and he takes off. He does a nice job shedding two blockers with his hands to get out in front of the QB. He is a different player when he sees the QB in front of him (:23). Now he's lined up in a wide-9 like a sprinter (:31). He covers a lot. Here he is zoning the flat, and really spying the QB. They run the ball, and you can his instincts to go up field make him take himself out of the play.

Here he is with his hand in the dirt on the Blindside. He gets the inside shoulder of the OLB, but gets tripped up by trash. Of all the top OLB prospects he is the worse run defender (:43). He finally gets in on a tackle (:50). Dropping back in the zone (:57). One of the reasons his sack numbers are so low is that he drops a lot. 

He does a great job getting physical in the run defense, but he bursts the wrong way again (1:07). Back at DE. He gets stuck on the ORT (1:16). 4th and 1 against a power formation. He is at the strongside OLB. He gets tidal waved, and knocked clear off his feet as they ran right at him (1:29). Back with his hands in the dirt. Watch the quick swim move. He has some very nice natural passrush instincts. He just breaks them out at the wrong times (1:37). But he turns and sets the edge in space. Then works inside to get in on the tackle.

He really has amazingly quick hands. It is so easy to miss what he is doing with his hands. He breaks out that ultra quick swim against and leaves the tight end in the dust. He actually reminds me of Shea McClellin, as a pure finesse OLB and he can be a little straight linish sometimes (1:44). He does show some interesting power rushing sideway (1:52). He almost looks like he is setting the edge on the QB. When the QB takes off, he sheds and gives pursuit.

Standing up on the blindside. He zones the flat again (2:17). This is when he is at his best. He burst up field, uses his quickness and hands to shed the ORT by putting speed to power and hit the QB (2:33). Like McClellin and Collins, his best position in the NFL might be as a roving ILB. But again, he lets the blockers into his body and is too easily taken out of the play (2:45). He finally plays it well on the edge, and they reverse it (2:54). ILB, he moves forward into the play action, but is too tentative to take advantage of the lane outside he almost found (3:07). That is the blast off we are looking for (3:12). He is past the ORT almost untouched, and almost hits him on the screen away.

When I first watched him I thought he did a good job as an inside rusher. He does a nice job using his inside hand to put speed to power and shove the ORG back (3:21). He gets doubled out on the edge and runs past it. When he is heading up field, it is very tough for big O-linemen to keep their hands on him (3:50). He plays with such impressive strength sometime. That is remarkable how he can hold off the OLT with one hand (4:08). He powers inside the tight end nicely (4:16). But he runs himself out of the play again.

He will flash some passrush sometimes. When he is being aggressive and using his hands, he can look like a great prospect (5:09). He does seem to have that knack for hitting the quarterback right up the middle (5:39). This seems to be his MO. I watched another game where he did almost nothing all game, and then was allowed to go all out attacking forward at the end of the game. He got two sacks in the final few minutes. I think he is a very frustrating prospect, but he has that knock for hitting the quarterback at the end of games (5:09). His hands are very inconsistent, but can be very heavy sometimes (6:00). He does a nice job putting speed to power. Watch how he jams his inside hand into the OLT's chest. Why-why-why isn't he doing that more. He turns the outside shoulder of the OLT inside, and he is gone. He slams into the QB for the best play of the game. I think he is at his best when he isn't thinking, but just attacking forward. When he has to read the play or think, he stinks. 

Kamalei Correa Vs Colorado ST 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni-1PbC6pb0

 

 

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Correa's Official Bio:

Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List (2015)
Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List (2015)
Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List (2015)
All-Mountain West Second Team (2015)
All-Mountain West First Team (2014) 

BOISE STATE CAREER
JUNIOR (2015): Named to All-Mountain West Second Team...started and appeared in all 13 games...led the team with 7.0 sacks and 11.0 tackles-for-loss...made six tackles, including a sack and 2.0 tackles-for-loss, in season opener against Washington (Sept. 4)...had a sack and 2.0 TFL at BYU (Sept. 12)...recorded a sack among his two tackles at Colorado State (Oct. 10)...picked up a sack, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and had six tackles (two solo) at Utah State (Oct. 16)...had a sack and 2.0 tackles-for-loss among his six tackles (five solo) at San José State (Nov. 27).


SOPHOMORE (2014): Named All-Mountain West First Team...earned Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 27)...started all 14 games for Boise State...led the Mountain West in sacks (12.0) and was third in tackles-for-loss with 19.0...fifth on the Broncos with 59 tackles (40 solo), forced a pair of fumbles and blocked a punt at Mew Mexico (Nov. 8)...twice led the team out with The Hammer (Sept. 13 at Connecticut, Sept. 27 at Air Force)...made four tackles (three solo) including one for loss against Ole Miss (Aug. 28)...had three solo tackles and forced a fumble that was recovered by Boise State against Colorado State (Sept. 6)...posted two sacks for a combined loss of 12 yards at Connecticut (Sept. 13)...led team with seven tackles (five solo) and had a half-tackle for loss against Louisiana (Sept. 20)...had five tackles (two solo) at Air Force (Sept. 27)...shared a sack and made five tackles (three solo) at Nevada (Oct. 4)...had a sack and two tackles for loss in addition to breaking up a pass against Fresno State (Oct. 17)...posted a pair of sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss among his five overall tackles in win over BYU (Oct. 24)...blocked a punt and recovered the ensuing loose ball, and made a tackle-for-loss at New Mexico (Nov. 8)...had career-high three sacks among his four solo tackles in win at Wyoming (Nov. 22)...recorded a sack and three tackles-for-loss among his four tackles (three solo) in win over Utah State (Nov. 29)...shared a sack and broke up a pass in win over Fresno State (Dec. 6)...sacked Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon on the final play of the Fiesta Bowl to preserve Boise State's win over the 10th-ranked Wildcats (Dec. 31)...for the game had two sacks and 10 tackles (seven solo).


FRESHMAN (2013): Appeared in each of the Broncos' 13 games during his debut season...key contributor along the Broncos' second defensive line unit...recorded 12 tackles on the season (six solo), including 1.5 for loss and a sack...had two tackles in three games...sack came against Nevada (Oct. 19).


HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Matt Wright...named first-team All-Interscholastic League of Hawaii (I/II) on the defensive line following his senior season...also lettered twice in basketball...member of the Honor Roll during his junior and senior years, and member of the student council as a junior and senior.

CAREER STATISTICS:

DEFENSE G SOLO ASST. TOTAL SACKS/YDS TFL/YARDS FF FR P DEF INT/YDS
2013 13 6 6 12 1 / 14 1.5 / 15 -- -- -- --
2014 14 40 19 59 12 / 60 19 / 84 2 -- 2 --
2015 13 23 16 39 7 / 47 11 / 59 3 -- -- --
TOTAL 40 69 41 110 20 / 121 31.5 / 158 5 -- 2 --

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