The Baltimore Ravens selected former Boise State defensive end/linebacker Kamalei Correa in the second round of the NFL Draft, the No. 42 pick overall.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper called him “a monster off the edge” after the selection, saying “he brings it every play.” He also praised Correa’s attitude and his consistency. Colleague Todd McShay referred to him as a “dynamic athlete ... I just like the way he plays the game.”
Correa will help be a big part of the Ravens’ future as a pass rusher, as current stalwarts Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs are 32 and 33 years old, respectively. He is the first Mountain West player taken in the 2016 draft and the eighth-highest selection in Boise State history. The Ravens had 37 sacks last season, tied for 17th in the NFL. Correa had seven sacks in 2015 as a junior and 12 in 2014.
“He will fit what Baltimore does,” NFL.com’s Mike Mayock said after the pick. “He will set the edge physically and violently ... he’s relentless.
“I love watching him play.”
In a teleconference, Correa said “They picked a guy who’s a hard worker, who ain’t going to stop, who’s dedicated and who is going to help them win a Super Bowl.”
Former Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, now with the Miami Dolphins, tweeted after the pick, looking ahead to the Miami-Baltimore game Dec. 4.
Click here for a video on Correa’s selection from the Ravens’ web site.
Last year’s 42nd pick, Jalen Collins, signed with the Falcons for four years, $5.427 million last May.
Boise State draft picks in last 10 years
Kamalei Correa, DE/LB; 2nd round (42nd overall), Ravens*
Jay Ajayi, RB; 5th round (149th overall), Dolphins*
DeMarcus Lawrence, DE; 2nd round (34th), Cowboys*
Matt Paradis, C; 6th round (207th), Broncos
Charles Leno Jr., OL; 7th round (246th), Bears
Jamar Taylor, CB; 2nd round (54th), Dolphins
Shea McClellin, DE/LB; 1st round (19th), Bears
Doug Martin, RB; 1st round (31st), Buccaneers
Tyrone Crawford, DE; 3rd round (81st), Cowboys
George Iloka, S; 5th round (167th), Bengals
Billy Winn, DT; 6th round (205th), Browns
Nate Potter, OL; 7th round (221st), Cardinals
Titus Young, WR; 2nd round (44th), Lions
Austin Pettis, WR; 3rd round (78th), Rams
Brandyn Thompson, CB; 7th round (213th), Redskins
Kyle Wilson, CB; 1st round (29th), Jets
Ryan Clady, OT; 1st round (12th), Broncos*
Orlando Scandrick, CB; 5th round (143rd), Cowboys*
Gerald Alexander, S; 2nd round (61st), Lions
Legedu Naanee, WR; 5th round (172nd), Chargers
Korey Hall, FB; 6th round (191st), Packers
Derek Schouman, TE; 7th round (222nd), Bills
Daryn Colledge, OL; 2nd round (47th), Packers
Highest NFL Draft picks in Boise State history
12. OT Ryan Clady, 2008, Broncos*
19. DE Shea McClellin, 2012, Bears*
29. CB Kyle Wilson, 2010, Jets*
30. DE Markus Koch, 1986, Redskins
31. RB Doug Martin, 2012, Buccaneers*
31. FB David Hughes, 1981, Seahawks
34. DE DeMarcus Lawrence, 2014, Cowboys
42. DE/LB Kamalei Correa, 2016, Ravens
44. WR Titus Young, 2011, Lions
47. OT Daryn Colledge, 2006, Packers
54. CB Jamar Taylor, 2013, Dolphins
61. S Gerald Alexander, 2007, Lions