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Nick Kasa | Tight End

Team: Colorado Buffaloes
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 270

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Raiders selected Colorado TE Nick Kasa with the No. 172 overall pick.
Kasa (6-foot-5 7/8, 269) was a defensive end until halfway through his junior year. As a senior, he caught 25 passes for 391 yards (15.6 YPR) and three touchdowns before showing good speed (4.71 forty) at the Combine. Kasa is a work in progress, but his size-speed combination gives him long-term upside. The Raiders have little talent at the position, so despite his lack of comfort as a receiver, Kasa has a chance to touch the field as a rookie due to his willingness to block. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 03:56:00 PM

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New York Giants TE coach Michael Pope put Colorado's Nick Kasa through his pro day workout.

"Kasa ran the short shuttle in 4.45 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.18 seconds, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine," according to Gil Brandt of Right now, Kasa is a solid blocker with toughness and overlooked straight-line speed, but if he can become more comfortable in space as a receiver the former defensive end could be productive in the NFL.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 03:04:00 PM

Colorado TE Nick Kasa ran an official 4.71 forty with a 10 yard split of 1.63.

Kasa pulled up at the end of the first forty and did not participate in the rest of the workout. This is good long speed for a player of his size, and it shows up on vertical routes. Kasa's bread and butter is his willingness to block, he just needs to keep his feet when mirroring.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 04:08:00 PM

Former Colorado head coach and new Browns TE coach Jon Embree spoke highly of TE Nick Kasa.

"He's a big guy that can run, very athletic," Embree said. "I'm very happy for him, I actually talked about him in my interview with Cleveland." Embree was the coach that talked Kasa into switching from defensive end to tight end halfway through his junior year. The Colorado product's best traits are his blocking and straight-line speed, but he needs to show more comfort as a receiver.
Mon, Feb 18, 2013 12:10:00 PM

Colorado senior TE Nick Kasa has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

Kasa could be the next third day tight end selection with athletic upside. Perhaps more than any other position, the NFL has been open to drafting raw but athletic prospects in the hopes of molding them. Kasa has the size and straight-line speed to win in a variety of ways despite playing only one season at the position.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 09:11:00 AM

Colorado senior TE Nick Kasa caught five passes for 51 yards against Utah to end his senior season.

Kasa, a first year tight end, switched positions from defensive end during the offseason and has really impressed us with his straight-line speed and catching ability. He isn't polished, but Kasa is the type to earn a third day grade based on upside alone.
Sat, Nov 24, 2012 11:38:00 AM

Nick Kasa is in the midst of a very important spring after moving from defensive line to tight end.

Colorado is simply lacking at tight end and Kasa must not only make the transition, which actually started late last year, but he needs to be something more than an occasional target while learning the playbook. Kasa worked diligently on his pass catching this winter, and while a concussion forced him to miss some practice sessions this spring, he has been making good progress.
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 04:07:00 PM