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Boise State’s Kamalei Correa received second-round NFL Draft grade

Boise State defensive lineman Kamalei Correa sacks Northern Illinois quarterback Ryan Graham in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Boise State defensive lineman Kamalei Correa sacks Northern Illinois quarterback Ryan Graham in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Former Boise State defensive end Kamalei Correa has a 90 percent chance of landing in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft based on recent results.

Correa received a second-round grade from the NFL’s College Advisory Committee, new Boise State defensive coordinator Andy Avalos said Friday. In the past two years, 90 percent of underclassmen with grades in the first two rounds have been selected in those rounds (38 of 42). In the past five years, no more than three such players have fallen out of the first two rounds.

Correa’s agent announced his decision the day after the Poinsettia Bowl. The Idaho Statesman reported the night before the game that Correa had made his decision and would leave. Correa said immediately after the game that he hadn’t seen the NFL report.

The report indicates that he made a sound decision to leave early despite slipping from first-team All-Mountain West in 2014 (12 sacks, 19 tackles for loss) to second team in 2015 (seven, 11).

He finished his career as the defensive MVP of the Poinsettia Bowl with four tackles, two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

“Extremely excited for Kamalei,” said Avalos, who was the defensive line coach when Correa was recruited in 2012 and began playing in 2013. “It’s been his dream. ... Basically what the NFL said was, ‘He can come out.’ ”

Correa’s agent hasn’t responded to an interview request.

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