Peter Kalambayi

Stanford
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Prospect Info

College
Stanford
Hometown
Class
Matthews, NC
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Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
252 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.35
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Houston
Texans
Round 6 ‧ Pick 40
40 Yard Dash
4.57
Seconds
 
Bench Press
19
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.13
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.36
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Kalamabayi (KAL-am-BYE-ee) brings an international flavor to the Cardinals, being the son of immigrants from the Congo and Trinidad and Tobago. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and starred as a High School All-American at Butler High School, winning three state titles while being ranked as a top-100 overall recruit nationally. Kalambayi did not play in 2013, but took an important role as a pass rusher the following year (32 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks in 13 games). He was again a key reserve in 2015, compiling 52 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, and three pass breakups. Kalambayi earned a starting role for 13 games in his junior season, posting 45 stops, six for loss, and 3.5 sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 6-7
Overview
Kalambayi is a well-built athlete with adequate strength, above average wingspan and sudden feet who hasn't been able to match the production to his traits. Kalambayi looks the part and will test well, but his lack of instincts and feel as a pass rusher could leave teams frustrated. His strength at the point of attack and ability to handle and work around edge blockers may be a little bit underrated. Kalambayi has the talent to become a backup 3-4 SAM linebacker and with high-end special teams potential.
Strengths
  • Plus athlete with plenty of bounce
  • Production has been like clockwork since his freshman season
  • Flexible with very good agility
  • Good initial upfield quickness
  • Quick arm extension gets the edge set
  • Has strength and lateral agility to hold point of attack and upper body flexion to work around blockers
  • Improved ability to punch and play off of blocks
  • Flashes explosiveness in his feet
  • Reactive quickness is above average
  • Plus pursuit speed to the football
  • Makes diving tackles from long distance
  • Has rush traits that haven't been developed
  • Spin counter has some life
  • Able to drop in space and show quickness to mug up on receivers in his area
Weaknesses
  • Failed to show meaningful improvement from early stages of his college career
  • Face-up rusher
  • Lacks feel for flipping hips around the edge
  • Path to the quarterback is linear and lacking wiggle
  • Gathers into contact minimizing speed-to-power conversion
  • Despite athleticism, not an effective or talented pass rusher with many sacks coming on secondary rush or quarterback scrambles
  • Slow to diagnose causing him to play with hesitancy
  • Would benefit by utilizing a more attack-oriented style
  • Not as reactive as he needs to be
  • Doesn't always play as fast as his timed speed
  • Better athlete than player right now
Sources Tell Us

"Something is just missing. You see flashes and then he just disappears. Shaw's guys really get them coached up so it's hard to believe they couldn't get more out of an athlete like that." - NFC College Scouting Director

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league