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Bolts have pre-draft meeting scheduled with KU’s Azur Kamara

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Kamara played two seasons in Lawrence after going the JUCO route

Reese’s Senior Bowl Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The Chargers are continuing their research on the linebacker position in this year’s draft as it was just reported they have a pre-draft FaceTime meeting scheduled with former Kansas outside linebacker Azur Kamara.

Kamara was invited to this year’s NFL Combine and also participated in January’s Reese’s Senior Bowl.

The former Arizona Western College product came to the Jayhawks after totaling 29 tackles-for-loss and 20.5 sacks over his two years at the JUCO level. As a sophomore in 2017, Kamara helped lead AWC to the NJCAA National Championship game.

During his first year in Lawrence, Kamara played in all 12 games with three starts. He contributed 16 total tackles, five tackles for loss, and a single sack. As a full-fledged starter at the “JACK” linebacker spot for KU, Kamara totaled 51 stops with six tackles-for-loss, and 3.5 sacks.

At the combine, Kamara ran a 4.56 forty at 245 pounds. His 28-inch vertical was rather underwhelming but he posted decent numbers across the rest of the tests. His 10’1 broad jump was just fine while his 4.46 short shuttle and 7.2 3-cone didn’t blow anyone away.

Kamara feels awfully similar to Emeke Egbule, the Bolts’ sixth-round pick from a year ago. He played the same role for the Jayhawks that Kyle Emanuel did for the Chargers early on his career. He plays mostly up on the line of scrimmage at what would be considered the OTTO role, or strong-side linebacker in their base defense.

While Kamara had a respectable showing at the Senior Bowl, he was tight hips that severely limit his potential in coverage and, to a degree, his pass-rush ability. Kamara is likely a lte-round pick or priority free agent with some upside.