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Former Boise State football defensive end Kamalei Correa posts strong time at NFL combine

Kamalei Correa, the former Boise State defensive end/linebacker projected by some as a first-round pick, posted a worthy time in the 40-yard dash Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Correa's time of 4.69 seconds was third-best among defensive ends and would have tied for ninth among linebackers. In the NFL, he’s expected to fulfill a similar role he had at Boise State as a pass rusher off the edge who can also at times drop into coverage. By comparison, former Bronco Shea McClellin, who played the same position, ran a 4.63 and wound up being drafted 19th overall by the Chicago Bears.

On Saturday, Correa bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times, tied for 36th out of 51. In his other on-field events Sunday, he had a mixed bag: his vertical leap of 33 inches was tied for 15th, while his broad jump of 108 inches tied for 38th out of 53.

Former Boise State safety Darian Thompson will take part in on-field drills Monday. He had 12 reps on the bench press Sunday, third-fewest among the 18 safeties who lifted. Offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo did 23 reps Thursday, tied for 24th out of 45 linemen, but did not do on-field drills because he is working back from an ankle injury.

Top 40-yard dash times, defensive linemen

Charles Tapper, Oklahoma: 4.59 seconds

Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State: 4.63

Kamalei Correa, Boise State: 4.69

Shaq Lawson, Clemson: 4.70

Matt Judon, Grand Valley State: 4.73

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