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    Get to Know Tight End Nick Kasa

    Oakland Raiders 2013 Rookie Preview: Get to Know Tight End Nick Kasa - Just Blog Baby - An Oakland Raiders Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

    '' In an ongoing effort to completely break down the 2013 Oakland Raiders offense heading into training camp, Just Blog Baby continues its 2013 NFL Training Camp preview with a look at one of the Raiders 2013 draft picks, tight end Nick Kasa from Colorado.

    Changing from defensive end to tight end halfway through his junior season before becoming one of the Pac 12′s best pass catchers in 2012, Nick Kasa was one of the more intriguing late round prospects left on the board going into the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Losing Brandon Myers at tight end and needing to add bodies at the position, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie decided to pull the trigger on the raw, but extremely talented Kasa with the 172nd pick in the draft in the sixth round.

    A highly touted defensive line prospect heading out of high school, Nick Kasa made the switch from defensive end to tight end late in his junior season and quickly became one of the best pass catching tight ends in the Pac 12 as well as a legitimate pass and run blocking prospect in just a year and a half at the position, making Kasa a rookie with tremendous upside.

    In fact in 2012, Kasa had a season that most seniors can only dream of. Compiling over 300 yards and 20 catches, Kasa went from being a depth player at Colorado to one of their only NFL prospects over night and despite the Buffaloes struggles as a team he was one of their few bright spots.

    In total, Kasa caught 25 passes for 391 yards (better than projected starter David Ausberry’s senior numbers at USC) as well as hauling in a highlight reel 70 yard catch and run touchdown in CU’s come from behind win against Washington State.

    Kasa was good enough to rank third on the team in yards and fourth in catches as well as being named to the All-Pac 12 team as an honorable mention and taking part in the 2013 Senior Bowl. Incredible considering that he was essentially a sophomore after the position change during his junior season. Those numbers led Kasa to the Senior Bowl (Kasa was also invited to the Shrine Game, but he declined).

    Besides for his position change, Kasa is also known for revealing that he was put through a line of questioning on his sexuality during draft interviews with NFL teams at the combine. Kasa said that he was asked “Do you like girls” and his comments along with Manti T’eo’s started a slight stir going into the draft about front office staff asking rookies about their sexual orientation.

    A former defensive lineman Kasa is naturally powerful for tight end at 269 pounds and runs a 4.71 40 with a frame and skillset that draws comparisons to Jason Witten and could be a very good NFL tight end one day. Blessed with the size of a linemen and the speed of the average NFL tight end, it is hard not to get at least a little bit excited about Kasa’s potential.

    Still, he did play for a losing team in Colorado that finished with just one win in the Pac 12 over Washington State and is a new tight end, but at this point is he likely equally as useful as Richard Gordon or David Ausberry? Absolutely.

    Kasa will still need to continue to learn the game and the jump from being the tight end on a 1-11 Pac 12 team to playing in the NFL will be steep for Kasa who is very raw at the position. Still his talent is obvious and he was one of the rare bright spots on a very bad CU team and will be one of the Raiders most intriguing rookies heading into 2013. If he can continue to improve his tight end talents, Reggie McKenzie may have landed himself a steal in Kasa.''



    Its going to be nice having a tall big target like him on the team , i can see him scoring some TD's and being difficult to cover cause of his size

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    He's physically a faster, beefier Zach Miller who should be able to block better, being a former DE.

    I would be surprised if he had Zach's knack for getting open or his hands though.

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    Per twitter

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    Love the Nick Kasa & Mychal Rivera combo in the 6th for the Raiders. A #Raiders coach told me they cldnt cover Rivera all Spring in OTA's

    Rivera will play more of a Aaron Hernandez role (bad timing I know)... move him around, matchup vs LBs/SS... TUFF Cover

    But Kasa has BIG TIME upside - talking about a kid 6-6 270 4.70 who only played 1 year @ TE. Hes bigger than Gronk!

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    Get to Know Tight End Nick Kasa

    And he is bigger than tony Gonzales , not say he will be similar but if Saunders and the o-line coach develop him good I can see him starting for us down the road

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    he's nothing like Zach Miller. He's closer to Ausberry.

    Zach Miller had a lot of actual ability. He understood the nuances of the position and was able to execute with some precision. Kasa is just a HWS guy with potential at this point.
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    Get to Know Tight End Nick Kasa

    Don't know much about him - what's the scoop K?

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    I like his measurables, but don't see "star in the making" when I watch his highlights. He has a few moves, but is not elusive or quick. In fact, he kind of reminds me of a bigger, faster Brandon Meyers. So, seems like an upgrade but I am not wowed and thinking we have the next Kellen Winslow (Sr) or Dave Casper. I can see an Ausberry-Kasa tandem with Gordon kept for blocking and special teams

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    only thing i know about him is what the article says, but the guy is huge! all you have to do is throw the ball up to where he only he can grab it and i see him as a possession TE and getting a lot of touchdowns

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    Serious red zone threat. Glad to have a TE that can actually block for once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUSTautumnWINd View Post
    he's nothing like Zach Miller. He's closer to Ausberry.

    Zach Miller had a lot of actual ability. He understood the nuances of the position and was able to execute with some precision. Kasa is just a HWS guy with potential at this point.

    ^^this.. Zach Miller was dominate during his ASU career. I like the Kasa/Rivera potential combo but their is a reason why these guys were taken in the 6th round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killah_k View Post
    only thing i know about him is what the article says, but the guy is huge! all you have to do is throw the ball up to where he only he can grab it and i see him as a possession TE and getting a lot of touchdowns
    We haven't had that in a LONG time, and having a guy like that can really help whoever is playing QB. They need one of those "go to guys" who will always come down with the ball. Couple that with a healthy Darren McFadden and we've got some competition in games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StickShift View Post
    Per twitter

    John Middlekauff ‏@JMiddle365 (former Eagles scout)
    Love the Nick Kasa & Mychal Rivera combo in the 6th for the Raiders. A #Raiders coach told me they cldnt cover Rivera all Spring in OTA's

    Rivera will play more of a Aaron Hernandez role (bad timing I know)... move him around, matchup vs LBs/SS... TUFF Cover

    But Kasa has BIG TIME upside - talking about a kid 6-6 270 4.70 who only played 1 year @ TE. Hes bigger than Gronk!
    Hands are smaller and arms are shorter than Gronk, but not injury prone like Gronk. Kasa and Rivera could be a productive duo like Gronk and AH though, and I think out TE's are going to be a strength considering Ausberrys skill set as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWestGrand View Post
    Hands are smaller and arms are shorter than Gronk, but not injury prone like Gronk. Kasa and Rivera could be a productive duo like Gronk and AH though, and I think out TE's are going to be a strength considering Ausberrys skill set as well.
    Not injury prone? LOL!

    The guy has yet to make it on the field for OTA's and Mini-camp. You are not going to make the roster sitting on the sidelines. He needs to be ready for Training Camp. If he gets hurt again, he may see himself on IR for the year.

    As for Rivera, not sure about the twitter coach's comment there either. Ausberry seems to have separated himself from the pack so far. Gordon has been solid also. Of course, it is all different once the pads come on but Rivera and Kasa are 6th round picks. To compare them to Hernandez and Gronk is a real stretch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djh_raider View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrWestGrand View Post
    Hands are smaller and arms are shorter than Gronk, but not injury prone like Gronk. Kasa and Rivera could be a productive duo like Gronk and AH though, and I think out TE's are going to be a strength considering Ausberrys skill set as well.
    Not injury prone? LOL!

    The guy has yet to make it on the field for OTA's and Mini-camp. You are not going to make the roster sitting on the sidelines. He needs to be ready for Training Camp. If he gets hurt again, he may see himself on IR for the year.

    As for Rivera, not sure about the twitter coach's comment there either. Ausberry seems to have separated himself from the pack so far. Gordon has been solid also. Of course, it is all different once the pads come on but Rivera and Kasa are 6th round picks. To compare them to Hernandez and Gronk is a real stretch.
    Outside of his freshman year, Kasa has been pretty durable considering he played on both sides of the line in his college career. As long as he can absorb the play book, I'm not too worried about him and OTA,s. the responsibility ultimately lies with Olsen and how he chooses to use his TE's. If creative, their skill sets can offer the team a variety of different sets offensively.

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    I miss Zach Miller. Damn I wish he would've never left.

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