PROS: Long, powerful and plays with great extension. Does well to win with first contact and fit his hands to put himself in position to control reps at the point of attack. Good power throughout his frame and he plays with good leverage. Sets firm edges and fights pressure with pressure well to squeeze gaps. Strong processing skills against the run and understands his fits. Has the power in his upper half to shuck blocks and work in pursuit. Has a strong bull rush and long arm stab that helps him get home as a pass rusher. Fluid releasing out of his stance. Has some inside/outside versatility.
CONS: Can be a slow burn pass rusher that lacks ideal burst and surface reduction skills to truly break through gaps and win around the outside hip of offensive tackles. Pass rush counters are missing. Doesn’t have dynamic twitch or agility. Has to develop more ways to win as a pass rusher than trying to go through blockers. Doesn’t have appeal in space or as a standup defender.
BEST TRAIT - Extension Skills
WORST TRAIT - Burst
RED FLAGS - None
Notre Dame EDGE Khalid Kareem profiles to a base end role in a 4-3 defense at the next level. He’s a sound run defender with ideal length, processing skills, power and the ability to play with extension. As a pass rusher, Kareem features a strong long arm bull rush but his overall skill set is either underdeveloped technically or lacks the burst and flexibility to truly be disruptive with any sort of consistency. Kareem’s ability to play inside and outside improves his value but he lacks the traits needed to project him to be an overly dynamic playmaker at the next level. Kareem should be a solid rotational defender.