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Raiders make the first of their four sixth-round picks

The Raiders addressed their glaring need for help at tight end by selecting Colorado’s Nick Kasa in the sixth round of the NFL draft. The Raiders still have three more picks in the sixth round.
Kasa, 6-foot-6 and 269, is a converted defensive end that excels at blocking. He started every game at tight end last season and amassed 25 receptions for 391 yards and three touchdowns.
The Raiders lost starter Brandon Myers to the New York Giants in free agency. Myers was Oakland’s leading receiver last season.
With Kasa aboard, the Raiders now have three prospects competing for the starting spot. David Ausberry and Richard Gordon are the two others.

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  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Positives
    Kasa does a good job getting out of his stance quickly, although there were times where he was unable to get a good first step. Kasa uses form blocking technique, keeping his hands inside and shows the ability to block aggressively and physically, and will punch when he needs to fend off the pass rush. Kasa’s strong legs enable him to both drive a DE/LB forward or hold his own and maintain balance against the bigger athletes. Kasa also shows the ability to go down the seam quickly and can create a miss-match with LB’s in coverage and is a quick route runner, although his footwork will need to become more crisp in order to become a more dangerous receiving TE. Kasa shows the ability to run curl routes effectively as his ability to get down will cause LB to freeze.
    Negatives
    While Kasa is a guy that can get down the field quickly and create a mis-match in coverage, he will need to improve his footwork that will enable him to run crisper routes as he does not show the ability to break coverage on routes to the sideline or over the middle. I would like to see him plant his foot better to freeze the LB. He will also need to improve his hands as he had a few dropped passes in the games I evaluated and needs to do a better job in securing the ball as the ball was knocked out upon contact. Kasas will also need to become more consistent on his first step to allow him more leverage when asked to block. While he has solid footwork and slides his feet well and shows the ability to recover on a missed block, Kasa showed some poor body control and positioning on blocks, enabling the DE to gain leverage on him and get him off balance.
    Analysis
    Kasa is a very solid athlete and shows his willingness to do what he is asked to for his team. He was moved to TE 8 games into his Junior season from DE so he still has somewhat of a learning curve. As a former DE, he will have the instincts in both blocking and in route running and can use that to his advantage. Kasa is a solid blocker, he shows the strength, the technique and can be very physical when he has to be in order to fend off the pass rush. He has strong legs that enable him to withstand the pressure from the outside and uses the strength to muscle the pass rusher. He uses good technique for the most part, although at times he will bend his waist enabling the pass rusher to gain some leverage on him. As far as receiving goes he can be a solid receiver as he has the quickness and speed to go down the seam and create mis-matches with LB’s and also uses his speed as an advantage on curl routes as his speed will cause the LB to freeze due to the deep threat. In order for him to improve and be a more reliable receiver he will need to improve his footwork and show that he can create separation in short to medium routes, and he must become stronger in securing the ball once he makes the catch as he showed a tendency to drop the ball at contact. Overall, Kasa is a very solid blocking tight end but will need to improve on his receiving skills in order to become a more well-rounded Tight End at the next level.

    Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/draft-2013/tracker/#ixzz2RhB35R2z

  • aig-raiders

    at least we know he likes girls

  • aig-raiders

    spec team fodder

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    spec team fodder

    =======================================

    Something tells me Richard Gordon should be getting very nervous about now. This guy matches his blocking and is a better receiver.

  • RaiderRockstar

    i told you guys our TE this year would emerge from dirt .. Kasa AusGord

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    And we’re on the clock again.

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Brahs, did you all hear that Nob bust hand selected Kasa as our TE of the future?

    He spent all night reviewing game tape in his maintenance shed to determine this

    No, seriously

    HELLS 2 THE YEAH

  • rediaR

    LOL trade

  • Thec

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    i told you guys our TE this year would emerge from dirt .. Kasa AusGord

    ++++++++=

    You also said JFORD would be traded?????

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    And we just traded.

  • WESTRAIDER

    Trade

  • Plunk-It

    Of course, the rawness factor as a receiver is a real issue. He’s a project – and likely won’t contribute much in 2013, per most scouting reports. This may be a situation that benefits the Seahawks though as they already have Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy on the roster for the year – perhaps a year in the pros, learning to master his routes and pass catching, is just what the Seahawks can provide for Kasa.

    Nonethless, the physical potential is off the charts – at 6’6, 269, he ran the 40 in 4.71 seconds with a 31.5″ vert and a 9’5″ broad jump. He’s got the body type of athlete that could put on about 5-10 pounds and become a very good all-around blocking/catching type of tight end and retain his speed – Rob Gronkowski is the prime example of this and while I’m obviously not going to compare Kasa to Gronk, they do have similar size with athletic upside.

  • lefty12

    Read this-stays after practice and catches 100s of balls from the jugs machine.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    The Realist Dirty Raccoon Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    Joe Kruger
    Joe Kruger
    Joe Kruger

    6′5.5″
    280 Lbs

    Joe is the youngest of three Kruger brothers. Paul plays linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and Dave just finished his Utah career as a four-year starting defensive tackle. His father played football for Oregon State and his brother-in-law, Tony Bergstrom, was an all-Pac-12 offensive lineman for the Utes in 2011, was a third-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders. In high school, Kruger lettered all four years in both football and basketball. In his senior football season, he had 51 tackles and led the state with 15 sacks.

    As a true freshman, Kruger saw action in all 13 games, but mainly as a special teams player. He earned Academic All-MWC honors. In 2011, Kruger played in 13 games, and logged seven starts. He had 35 tackles (five for loss), and three sacks. In his junior year, Kruger had 30 tackles (eight for loss), one interception (which he returned for a touchdown), and six sacks. He was an All-Pac 12 honorable mention.

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  • Plunk-It

    Why the hell would we trade unless we are getting a #4 or #5 in 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • redshirt

    Trade

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Thec

    draft isnt over yet.. JFORD will be traded next round

  • Plunk-It

    On Kasa:

    Of course, the rawness factor as a receiver is a real issue. He’s a project – and likely won’t contribute much in 2013, per most scouting reports. This may be a situation that benefits the Seahawks though as they already have Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy on the roster for the year – perhaps a year in the pros, learning to master his routes and pass catching, is just what the Seahawks can provide for Kasa.

    Nonethless, the physical potential is off the charts – at 6’6, 269, he ran the 40 in 4.71 seconds with a 31.5″ vert and a 9’5″ broad jump. He’s got the body type of athlete that could put on about 5-10 pounds and become a very good all-around blocking/catching type of tight end and retain his speed – Rob Gronkowski is the prime example of this and while I’m obviously not going to compare Kasa to Gronk, they do have similar size with athletic upside.

  • nwr8r

    why trade?

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Makin’ draft day trades is the BOMB DIGGITY
    Hells yeah, Reggie Dawg – Drop that HAMMER

    STRAIGHT UP DAWGGY STYLE

  • Thec

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    @Thec

    draft isnt over yet.. JFORD will be traded next round

    +++++++++==

    Yeah, Yeah…keep dreamin, and hope alive.

  • RaiderRockstar

    what did we trade pick #176 for?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Draft B Rambo!!
    And Draft TE J Fauria!

  • Plunk-It

    I wanted Kruger all the way back in the 4th round. I can’t believe he is still available. He is only 20 years old, has a great motor, and a nice developmental pick at this moment. Not sure what is scaring teams about him.

  • Thec

    Kasa – converted Dlinemen

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Whaaat

  • rediaR

    Chris McClain ‏@SB_ChrisMcClain 54s
    #Raiders get Texans 184 overall and 233 overall

  • Marks hair

    kasa as expected.. nice

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    So we traded down eight spots and got another seventh-rounder.

  • inonewordraider

    i finally got one right!

    had us getting him in the 4th, good value.

    reggie has some al in him no doubt, 3 athletic freaks
    watson, kasa, hayden

    hopefully we have the right stability/coaching to develop these guys

    when it’s said and done arguably the best te, same can be said for moore being the best lb, possibly even wilson bein the best qb in this draft

    coaching/organizational stability will go a long way for us, let’s hope DA is much improved this year

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Kasa was a good pick. Several people on the board expected him to get drafted.

  • Plunk-It

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    what did we trade pick #176 for?

    Reggie is getting hungry. Probably a happy meal from Micky-d’s

  • Plunketthead

    .nwr8r Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    why trade?
    ***************************

    in order to get an extra pick?

  • RaiderRockstar

    trade ford for the rights to a ham sammich

    pick #238

  • aig-raiders

    I always get nervous when I hear about a TE that havent caught many catches. Ricky Dudley.

  • inonewordraider

    Plunk-It Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    I wanted Kruger all the way back in the 4th round. I can’t believe he is still available. He is only 20 years old, has a great motor, and a nice developmental pick at this moment. Not sure what is scaring teams about him.
    _________

    looks slow as hell though tho no?

  • shutdown

    Can someone tell me what we did with our pick after the Te?

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    I always get nervous when I hear about a TE that havent caught many catches. Ricky Dudley.

    ========================================

    Yeah, but it’s much less risk when you’re doing it in Round 6.

  • aig-raiders

    at the least he can contribue on spec team and if he turns out good for the TE spot then we ok.

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd 42s

    Raiders dealt pick 176 to Texas in exchange for 184 and 233 . . . also pick at 181, 205 and 209 . . .

  • PilagingJustForFun

    What did we do

  • Marks hair

    trade report?

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Shutdown Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:05 pm
    Can someone tell me what we did with our pick after the Te?

    ==============================================

    Traded down eight spots and got a seventh-rounder thrown in.

  • RaiderRockstar

    AIG,

    nervous about a 6th rounder not planning out?

  • rediaR

    Inonewordraider Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    Plunk-It Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    I wanted Kruger all the way back in the 4th round. I can’t believe he is still available. He is only 20 years old, has a great motor, and a nice developmental pick at this moment. Not sure what is scaring teams about him.
    _________

    looks slow as hell though tho no?
    —————–
    People seem to label him a 3-4 end.

  • DaMick

    Remaining Raiders picks are Nos. 181, 184, 205, 209, 233

    Umm… Who’s left?

  • shutdown

    A seventh rounder? Must be someone RM feels isn’t on anyone’s sights?

  • Stringer Bell

    aig-raiders Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    at the least he can contribue on spec team and if he turns out good for the TE spot then we ok.
    ************************************************
    Absolutely right. Let’s not forget how bad special teams was last year…

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Brahs, my dingle berries are acting up something FIERCE today

    Guess I need to get new toilet paper, like peanut butter on a rug in me kracken

    Only thing that can clean this crevice is my spa jets

    GUESS THATS WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    Reggie drafting depth and Special Teams guys at this point.