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Ravens take Kamalei Correa in second round

Kamalei Correa is a high-motor edge rusher who hopes to provide the Ravens with a third pass rushing option that the sorely missed last season.

Kamalei Correa is a high-motor edge rusher who hopes to provide the Ravens with a third pass rushing option that the sorely missed last season.

It was not a pick many saw coming after the Ravens traded down twice – picking up a fourth round pick from Miami and a fifth round pick from Jacksonville in the process – to select Boise State outside defender Kamalei Correa.

Correa will hope to provide the much-needed third pass rushing option for the Ravens next year that they sorely missed after the departure of Pernell McPhee. Correa played three seasons for Boise State before leaving after his junior year when he finished with 12 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. Those numbers were actually down significantly from his sophomore season when he had 19 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks.

Correa has been praised as a high-motor edge rusher with an explosive second gear. However, he may only be a second round pick based on potential. Correa was not nearly as productive as a junior when teams focused their blocking to him and he showed fundamental flaws with his hands. He is explosive running around the edge, but the never quite showed a second way to get past a block. He was not a bullrusher and if he did not find a way around the defender to was usually stuck on the line.

Still, with the loss to Courtney Upshaw in free agency the Ravens needed another pass rusher and with Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil attracting the attention, Correa will have favorable matchups on the edge against blockers.

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