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Way Too Early 2016 NFL Draft Profile: Ufomba Kamalu

In this new series, we will take a look at which current 'Canes have a chance to make a splash on draft day next season.

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In two seasons in Coral Gables has 7 sacks, 7 TFL,  and 47 total tackles.

Good size at 6'6 295.

Also a good athlete who runs between a 4.8 and 4.9 40.

Came to UM as a 3 star JUCO prospect after spending one season in the JUCO ranks.

Mostly a strong side DE, but can slide inside on occasion as well.

Plays with a consistently high motor.

Also a powerful man who can play with a bit of a mean streak, as demonstrated below:

Let's take a closer look at what he does well, and what he will need to do better to get a long look from NFL Scouts.


#1 Physical Tools -  Kamalu is strong, big, quick, and intimidating physically.  He has all the attributes an NFL GM wants in a DE for the next level.

#2 Disposition/Motor -  The senior to be clearly also has no problem with throwing around his weight, and appears to play every snap as hard as he possibly can.


#1 Plays a little high - The biggest problem I see with Kamalu's game when watching film, is that on both his pass rushes and when holding the point of attack, his pad level tends to be a bit high. He often makes up for it with brute strength and aggression. But he needs to learn to tilt and slant his body better to maximize leverage.

#2 Raw -  Kamalu has shown a bull rush and a speed rush, but I'd like to see him develop some other moves to get past blockers.  Certainly refining his game some would also help him come Draft Day.

Summary: Kamalu is the kind of player that NFL Scouts love because of his untapped potential and his physical make up.  But like many of the players in this series, his on field production needs improvement for him to garner serious consideration as a draft pick. With Chad Thomas and Al-Quadin Muhammad expecting to see a lot of snaps at DE this year, he will have to make the most of his opportunities.  5-7 sacks would really help his cause.  If he can get close to that and impress at the combine, anywhere from a 4th round pick to UFA signing is within the realm of possibility.