Nick Kasa was the first of two tight ends taken by the Raiders in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Kasa, a former defensive end that is still learning the position of tight end, stands an imposing 6’6” 269 lbs.
That last sentence really sums up where Kasa is. Physically, he is very gifted – he has the height and build to compete well at the tight end position in the NFL but he’ll have a hard time excelling until he learns how to play the position well.
As you’d expect from a player that has recently changed positions, Kasa has a steep learning curve in front of him.
He’s a physical player – he gets up and into the man that he is blocking but struggles with technique in footwork, hand placement and understanding blocking angles.
In pass blocking, he had the necessary footwork to be able to keep his body between the passer and the defender. However, he tends to disengage from his man too soon which allows the defender to get back into a play out of which they should have been blocked.
He also struggles mightily with catching the ball with his hands, which limits his abilities in the passing game. Too often he guides the ball into his gut which will result in easy drops or, even worse, balls bouncing off and creating interceptions.
He has good straight line speed, but he lacks lateral explosion, which means he cannot explode to his side to get a pass that was off target to one side or the other. He looked almost comically slow trying to react to passes that were off target to his side.
On the positive, he does have very good straight-line speed for a man his size. His official Combine 40-time clocked in a full tenth of a second faster than fellow sixth round Raiders TE selection Mychal Rivera – 4.71 to 4.81 seconds, respectively.no comments