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2016 NFL Draft: Boise State LB Kamalei Correa drafted by Baltimore

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The former Boise State linebacker was taken by the Ravens, who have a long history of developing elite defensive talents.

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With the 42nd pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Boise State Broncos linebacker Kamalei Correa. Per Dan Kadar's rankings at Mocking the Draft, Correa was rated as the 67th best player overall and the eighth-best outside linebacker.

Correa left one year of eligibility on the table with Boise State, but he had proved nearly everything he could at the college level. He is a player that can get to the quarterback, with 20 career sacks, nineteen of which coming in his final two years.

He was an all-MWC performer, earning second-team accolades last year in addition to first-team honors in his sophomore year. He was listed as a defensive lineman, though he will be an outside linebacker/defensive end at the NFL level and ideally would fit in a 3-4 defense.

STRENGTHS

He has exceptional speed for a linebacker of his size, and it showed when he was able to chase down running backs. He is very explosive off the line which is why had had 19 sacks when he became a starter as a sophomore and continued that through his junior year. With this speed he is a great outside linebacker candidate and a player who can disrupt the flow of a play.

WEAKNESSES

He zeroes in on getting past his opponent in front of him instead of making a move to get up the field. It worked well in college but that technique will not go over as well with better athletes. He does not use his hands enough to break off of blockers to get them out of his way. His speed is also a negative as he sometimes goes to fast and can over shoot the ball carries. He also needs to bulk up his upper body.