TEXANS SELECT PETER KALAMBAYI OLB (ST/ILB) 6.214

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  1. CloakNNNdagger

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    6'2 / 252#

    No injury history........with no real notable performance history.
     
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    Why do you say no performance history?

    Dude had 19 career sacks and 190 career tackles?
     
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    I couldn’t find anything with him at ilb. Only film I saw he was outside rushing the passer pretty much every snap.

    But based on seeing his combine performance I’d say he has the athleticism and feet to move there if that’s what they want to do.

    Looks like another special teams pick up. Ran a 4.57 at the combine.

    More good athletes that can tackle like I’ve been saying all along. Maybe gains does know what he’s doing.
     
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    That's basically how he was used. He played virtually every down like that to get his stats. His support D was very strong.
     
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    John Pagano will earn his money as resident pass rush coach with Kalambayi. If he had Ejiofor's technique he could've been a first or second round pick with his physical gifts. It's concerning that he wasn't able to pick anything up while at Stanford but their DT Harrison Phillips was another gifted athlete that only had a bull rush. Maybe it's a weakness of their coaching staff?

    Anyway, he's a better run stopper/coverage LB than pass rusher. They split him out at times to cover WRs. Wonder if he'd do even better as an inside LB?
     
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    I'm pretty excited about Kalambayi as a glue guy after watching more film. I think he makes this roster based on ST and has the potential to become a more athletic John Simon if Pagano can teach him some pass rush moves.

    High motor player, I can see why he was a team captain at Stanford. Very impressed by his ability to set the edge and also quickly diagnose and attack plays as they develop. Appears comfortable in coverage. #34 going against one of the best offensive lines in college football:

     
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    I don't see anything exciting in his performance during this game.
     
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    10 tackles, 1.5 tfls and a sack against an OL featuring two top 10 picks isn't a bad day at the office.
     
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    It's almost like when I was watching it, he's one of those types that just kind of contains and strays from the action. He got in at the last minute on a couple of plays, but I quit watching. Nothing like a John Simon in my opinion, or a Cole. He almost plays scared, but I didn't watch the rest of the way through.
     
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    You have to take into account what the player is being asked to do. Something Simon did very well while here was maintain gap integrity while JJ is off freelancing and I see the same discipline in Kalambaya.

    You can’t have 11 guys running to the ball with their hair on fire every play. Well you can... but you’re gonna allow a lot of big plays in the process.
     
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    Meh, nothing explosive which is key element to being an NFL OLB. Special teams and depth player, something you can get with undrafted free agent. Intelligence and locker room presence biggest positivity I can see with NFL LB body.
     
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    Kalambayi has a pretty solid athletic profile at 78 percentile for NFL edge players for his Z-Sparq, he's got some raw athletic juice and at least can be a guy who is a solid ST contributor. It remains to be seen if he's a football player or can be coached up, but his 3 cone is very good so he has good COD and has the athletic bend to rush the edge.
     
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    Yep. As stated earlier where he has the most work to do is adding pass rush moves. May be more of an indictment on the coaching staff than the player since Harrison Phillips also is a one note rusher and slid in the draft because all he has is a bull rush.
     
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    I never watched enough of Phillips to form an opinion but I've seen this said about him a lot. My guess would be that if Phillips doesn't have a second move it's because he never needed it. The guy had 144 tackles, 27 TFL, and 15 sacks in two years as a NT. That's superb. I'm not sure that's a coaching issue. It's possible he does have a second move and just never really showed much of it because he didn't have to.
     
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    Valid reason. Watching him in the Senior Bowl practices and game it was magnified when he was going against draftable prospects every rep.
     
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    Stanford OLB Peter Kalambayi is a citizen of the world
    The NFL draft unearths hundreds of unique stories every year. Peter Kalambayi’s is one of the best.
    The NFL draft is kind of a lot. It drags for months after the bowl season, and it tends to focus on the same tired stories about a handful of names. Every year there’s a Great Quarterback Debate (Rosen vs. Darnold vs. Mayfield vs. Allen vs. Jackson), a discussion about Blatant Casual Racism (Lamar Jackson is not a wide receiver), and a lot of patter about measurables and intangibles and ceilings and upsides.

    It’s rote. It’s boring. But along with that comes one legitimate good: A showcase for great people who slipped under the national radar. Stanford outside linebacker Peter Kalambayi is one of those people.

    Over four seasons, Kalambayi collected 16.5 sacks and 28 tackles for loss for a defense that finished, on average, 34th in FBS in total defense. He was primarily a somewhat undersized defensive end at 6’3”, 236 pounds. In the NFL he will likely have to prove he can handle outside linebacker, which makes him something like the definition of the mid-to-late round flyer with upside.

    What sets him apart — aside from being one of the few people on the planet talented, smart, and hard-working enough to even be sniffed by the NFL — is his story. Kalambayi calls himself a citizen of the world. He speaks fluent French. He wants to become a foreign correspondent. He was raised primarily by his mother and grandmother, who are Trinidadian. His father, who was largely absent, is from Congo.

    His journey extends from those nations to Washington D.C., Raleigh, and Palo Alto. And across that time and space, Kalambayi had to learn how to be not just a great football player, but a male figure to a younger sister whose name is tattooed on his side, as well prioritize his time to pursue a diverse group of off-field interests.

    Kalambayi will be writing about his journey for SB Nation throughout his path through the weird, exhausting NFL draft process. You can read his first entry here. To give you a better sense of who he is, here is an edited and condensed transcript of a conversation we had before the combine.
    ***
    https://www.sbnation.com/2018/3/2/17066842/peter-kalambayi-nfl-draft-combine-profile-stanford
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    Hey guys it's not all Xs & Os.
    If he were still alive, this is the kind of guy Hemingway would write about. Now his journey continues, fascinating young man !
     
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    This is an interesting contribution. Can you point me in the direction of a good summary of this grading system?
     
  19. TheRealJoker

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    Definitely Texan worthy from the character standoint. I still see him as a glue guy on this team. Excited to see what he brings to the party this preseason!
     
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    Another feel good story drafted by the Texans. Will be out of the league in 3-4 yrs. How have all of these feel good stories worked out for the Texans so far?

    Hopefully until then he can contribute on ST's.
     

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