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.
Azur Kamara had private visits set up w/ the #Bengals, #Cardinals & #Chiefs. COVID-19 prevented them from happenning.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 9, 2020
He's held pre-draft meetings over FaceTime w/ the #Bengals & #Jets. He also has one coming up w/ the #Chargers.
Kamara was impressive at the Sr. Bowl & combine.
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.
Azur Kamara posted a very good #RAS at the Combine.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 6, 2020
He improved some of his numbers at his pro day and would be very close to that elite 8.00 grade using those numbers over his combine scores.https://t.co/PjPb2c9tzC pic.twitter.com/mik3bNRq38
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.
KS EDGE Azur Kamara's length and quickness caught the eyes of NFL scouts this year. He has bend off the edge as well as closing speed. Here he sees the reverse coming his way and changes his path, then uses that length to make the play. #SnapScout pic.twitter.com/gGzrq7q3Bx— Chad Reuter (@chad_reuter) February 10, 2020