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Kamara's Draft Stock is Rising | Commanders NFL Draft


Written By Adam Aniba


When evaluating edge rushers size and overall length is key. But every few years a prospect goes against the grain with his less than ideal measurables and despite that excelled.


Colorado State defensive end Mohamed Kamara checks in at only 6'1" 247 pounds, but his compact build and motor make him a terror in the the offensive backfiled.


Mohamed Kamara

6'1" 247 lbs | DE | CSU

Draft Proj 3rd Rd

Career (54 Games)- 179 TAK (93 solo), 45.5 TFL, 29.5 SACKS, 2 PD, 5 FF & 3 FR

'23 Stats (13 Games)- 146 TAK (75 solo), 14.5 TFL, 3 SACKS, 5 PD & 1 FR

Background

Kamara grew up in Newark, NJ and played outside linebacker for Central High School. As a junior he was named Defensive Player of the Year.


As a senior Kamara recorded 132 total tackles, 11 sacks and 6 forced fumbles which earned him 2nd Team All-State honors.


After only playing 4 games in in 2020 (COVID shortened season), Kamara had a breakout season in '21. The Rams edge rusher started 12 games (372 snaps) recording 19 tackles, 9 QB hurries, 2 QB hits and 9 sacks.


In 2022 Kamara started 12 games (595 snaps) 23 tackles, 24 tackles for a loss, 34 QB hurries, 12 QB hits and 6 sacks.

Kamara returned as a fifth year senior in '23 and absolutely dominated. After registering a career high 512 snaps in 12 games he recorded 24 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss,11 QB hits and a career high 16 sacks.


PROS

  • His 32 3/8 " arms aid him in block shedding and to overwhelm blockers

  • Effectively transitions from speed to power during his pass rush sets

  • Impressive burst off the snap displaying violent hands

  • Non-stop motor and deceptively fast, continuously fights through contact

  • May not have elite bend, but makes up for it with power, leverage & precise pursuit angles

CONS

  • Short with compact build not protypical for an NFL edge rusher

  • Limited pass-rush arsenal

  • Too often relies on power over technique

  • On occasion he can be overaggressive causing him to whiff on tackles

  • Needs to be more consistent when setting the edge vs the run


Outlook

Although Kamara doesn't boast protypical size for an NFL Pass rusher, his 32 3/8" arm length should ease concerns when it comes to his ability to get to the quarterback.


Kamara's 4.57 second forty-yard dash impressed during the NFL Combine and is just one attribute of his game that make his ceiling so high. The Rams edge rusher reportedly impressed teams during the interview process as well.


Although Kamara might not have the ceiling of former All-Pro NFL DE Dwight Freeney, they both are the same height and similar compact build with the former Colts star weighing about 18 pounds heavier.


Kamara's relentless style is reminiscent of Freeney and he should shine on the next level despite his size. In-turn, the Colorado State pass rusher could be drafted earlier than projected


*GAMES WATCHED*

9/2/23 Wash St. 9/16 vs Colorado, 10/14 Boise St. 10/7 vs Utah St. & 11/25 vs Hawaii


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