3. Khalid Kareem – Notre Dame
Khalid Kareem is an edge rusher with elite length, who generates excellent pressure on the interior of the offensive line. He lacks the burst and the technique currently to generate pressure to the outside and will need to work on that if he hopes to excel in the NFL.
At Notre Dame, Kareem showed the knack for making big plays. A lot of his success could be attributed to the fact that he is a high motor player who shows impressive effort. Additionally, Kareem possesses excellent power and a solid swim move that makes him a great bull rusher.
Kareem is a tough player who possesses good speed and the ability to shed blockers with ease in an effort to pursue the quarterback. Last season with the Irish, he totaled five and a half sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 23 tackles.
While solid in run defense, Kareem will need to work on his discipline against the run, as he often over pursues and can take himself out of the play. If he can improve upon his technique and his pass-rushing ability from the outside, Kareem represents a potential steal for the Giants that is projected to be drafted between the third to fifth rounds of the draft.