by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Bleacher Report.
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Today’s Spotlight - Colorado State, Edge Rusher, Mohamed Kamara
Name- Mohamed Kamara
Team- Colorado State
HT/WT- 6’1” 250 lbs.
Home – Newark, NJ
Mohamed Kamara was a four year letterwinner at linebacker for Central High School in Newark, New Jersey and earned second team All-State from NJ.com as a senior, making 132 tackles, including 11 sacks and 6 forced fumbles. Kamara originally signed with Temple but later flipped his commitment to Colorado State.
As a freshman, Kamara played in 8 games and collected 22 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss. In 2020, he started the final 3 games of the season, playing in 4 total. He began to show his skills off the edge and finished with 21 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Rams.
Kamara continued to show improvement in 2021, starting 3 games, and playing in 10 games. He consistently put pressure on the quarterback and finished the season with 7.5 sacks to go along with 36 tackles and 9.5 tackles for a loss. Last season, Kamara finally had his big breakout year, starting 12 games and he led Colorado State with 8.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and forced 2 fumbles. He was named All-Mountain West Second Team after his big season.
Kamara has taken his game to the superstar level this season. He has started all 9 games and has already set a career high with 10.5 sacks. He also has collected 41 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss and 2 forced fumbles. His start in 2023 has him on everybody’s radar, and he is flying up many teams' draft boards.
Kamara has an excellent combination of explosion, power and his long arms make him a handful to contain coming off the edge. He uses his hands effectively and is usually in control of one-on-one battles. Has a non-stop motor and is quick and nimble enough to chase down mobile quarterbacks, even if play is on the opposite side of the field. In the past couple of seasons, including 2023, Kamara has improved his pass rush moves and is now a force to be reckoned with coming off the edge.
Kamara has some flaws, however. He tends to give up the corner when pass rushing and often wants to counter to the inside. He needs to be more patient and not sell out for the pass rush every play as teams have had success running to his side when he over commits. He loses leverage at times when he comes off the ball too stiff and upright and is easily pushed past the pocket in pass protection. He is a bit undersized to be a 3-4 edge rusher and fits better in a 4-3 scheme.
The film on Kamara the past season and a half has shown a player that has been purely dominant. The way he plays reminds Draft 412 of 2018 2nd round pick Uchenna Nwosu. Both players are a bit undersized but have exceptional pass rushing skills. Nwosu, drafted by the Chargers and now playing in Seattle, has been a player who can track down opponents and plays with high energy.
Pass rushing moves
High energy/non stop motor
Combination of speed/power
Mohamed Kamara has been a high riser on draft boards this season who has constantly been putting pressure on quarterbacks with 10.5 sacks in just 9 games. His versatility in different positions and schemes should keep him in the middle rounds come draft time.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 4th round or 5th round