It's that time of the year again! I will be highlighting some of the players I would like the Patriots to pick in this year's draft. We have already highlighted some players and reported some private work outs, so be sure to follow us for updates! On the right hand side of this page, the "2016 NFL Draft" category will keep track of all potential Patriots players.
As a first team and second team all-conference player the past two seasons, Kamalei Correa is one of the more complete outside linebackers in this year's draft. With 19 sacks and five forced fumbles over last two seasons, Correa is a fantastic multi-purpose player that can drop back in coverage or put his hand in the ground in order to rush the quarterback. Correa is a smart and sure tackler, who looks to be dead set on having an extremely successful NFL career.
However, it appears that Correa has not even tapped into his full potential yet. His hand usage at the line of scrimmage is an area in which Correa will need to improve, but that is something that can be learned. Additionally, Correa needs to play with more strength and less finesse, especially in the NFL. A healthy combination of the two would benefit Correa's NFL career. At 6-foot-3, 243 pounds, Correa already has size, which is something that you cannot teach. All of his red flags are things that can be taught with relative ease.
All in all, Correa is a fantastic player that has potential to be a late first round/early second round pick. He caught my eye during the NFL combine, where he posted 4.69 40-yard dash and a 33 inch vertical. Again, if the Pats want to draft Correa, then they will need to more than likely trade up into the early second round. However, with the uncertainty of Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, and lack of depth on the edge, the investment may be worth it.