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Raiders make the first of their four sixth-round picks

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 12:55 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • CDERaider

    *another* 7th rounder.. wow.. what about adding 2014 picks??

    60% of our draft is coming from the 6th and 7th rounds – hmmm..

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Extras

  • rediaR

    Shutdown Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    A seventh rounder? Must be someone RM feels isn’t on anyone’s sights?
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    Or no one he felt had value where they were. May as well get something out of it rather than reach a few spots.

  • BabySlash

    Rambo or Tony Jefferson ?

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

    And I see Barner’s still around.

  • lefty12

    We needed to trade so ESPN could reschedule and spread out their commercials.

  • Plunketthead

    Next up = punter

  • rediaR

    People in here were clamoring for bodies…

  • shutdown

    I don’t like tight ends that don’t have a natural proclivity to catch the ball.

    It’s like DHB. If you don’t have soft hands and great hand-eye co-ordination, you’ll never develop it, esp.during crunch time.

    So, okay, maybe he’s a good blocker, that’s great for our run game. And, he’s a big body for our qb to throw to, but I’m a believer that you are more likely to be able to teach a guy to block, if he’s willing, than teach him to catch. That’s a childhood instinct. You either have it or don’t.

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

    Plunketthead Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:08 pm
    Next up = punter

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

    We already have one.

  • CDERaider

    we’ve only picked 1/2 of our draft class at this point..

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

    Back-N-Black Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    Reggie drafting depth and Special Teams guys at this point.

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

    Cleaning out more of Al’s crud.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Nick Kasa looks like a young TODD HEAP

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-GspDtxeo

  • shutdown

    Guess Reg never saw a d-lineman he loved that was available?

  • dr_robert

    A long time ago I said we needed ten picks in this draft and ten UDFA.

    Well we got our ten picks.

    Next:
    Wr
    FS
    DT
    OL

    I want cierre wood

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Value picks

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Kasa is not gonna be any Special teams.. he is gonna be starting.

    Every team is picking ST at this point. RAIDERS DEPTH is so bad.. they are looking for STARTERS.. keep that in mind

  • RaiderRockstar

    still need that fat pig DT in the middle of DLine

    Geathers or White

  • Plunk-It

    Kasa’s unlikely path to NFL tight end prospect was capped by a seemingly out-of-nowhere senior season – his only full-time one at his current position – and an invite to the NFL combine. He came to Colorado as a defensive lineman, but injury and illness limited him to four games as a freshman and he experienced little success the next two years rotating between defensive end and defensive tackle. Late in his junior season, Kasa asked coach Jon Embree to switch to tight end, and he played at the spot in the Buffaloes’ season finale, catching one pass for eight yards. The position change proved to be the right one in 2012, as he caught 25 passes for 391 yards – a 15.6 average – and three touchdowns. Perhaps the biggest reason for Kasa’s emergence was his overlooked straight-ahead speed, which showed up at the combine in a 4.71-second performance in the 40-yard dash – seventh among tight ends. Less surprising was his effectiveness and willingness in blocking, as he excelled with a physical style on running plays. That strength was apparent at the combine, where his 22 reps in the bench press were tied for seventh-most at his position. He also turned in a decent broad-jump effort at 9 feet, 5 inches. Kasa’s overall combine grade of 60.0, though, rates him as a long-term project, and he may need a few years to develop given his very limited experience. He lacks awareness in route running and is still finding his way in catching passes, sometimes being too aggressive with his hands and not letting the ball come to him. However, his physical skills and NFL size – not to mention a college career that indicates perseverance and a desire to succeed – have evaluators looking at him as a potential starter in the pros. Though raw, he seems likely to be a mid- to late-round pick for a team willing to invest extra time and coaching in him.

  • Marks hair

    fill the roster.. here come the bodies

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Poyer still there??

  • itzSteve

    Reggie just adding as many picks as he can at this point. Just means fewer UDFA phone calls later on…

  • rediaR

    Tight end by committee.

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Huh

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

    Man, I wanted the Raiders to go after David Shaw a few years ago.

    Listening to him talk on NFLN doesn’t change my opinion.

    Dude will be a great NFL HC soon.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    dr_robert Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    A long time ago I said we needed ten picks in this draft and ten UDFA.

    Well we got our ten picks.

    Next:
    Wr
    FS
    DT
    OL

    I want cierre wood
    *****************************

    DT DT DT and then DT are our needs right now – maybe a DE as well.

  • PilagingJustForFun

    McFadden CB San Diego state

  • DaMick

    Andre Ellington would be nice as a change of pace back (nice speed) or Joe Kruger based on need.

  • RaiderRetribution

    With our roster there still might be a starter or two that could be drafted ; major improvement already more to come

  • ron69

    someone to compete with Sims Dawkins anyone?

  • rediaR

    WR
    RB
    FS
    DE
    G

    all bigger needs than DT imo. Still need a rotational guy though.

  • rediaR

    WRs and RBs that could contribute on this team are available.

  • ron69

    Thre you have, the change of pace RB

  • rediaR

    Latavious Murray. He had a visit.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Raiders just took Latvious Murray 6ft 2 224 pounds Central FLorida

  • ron69

    he’ll be McFadden’s back up for default

  • RaiderRetribution

    Latavius, rookie of the year!

  • rediaR

    4.38 40

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Yep

  • JT

    Finally, a RB, yes sir.

  • realtruraider

    Well I had the two positions right for the top picks in the 6th, TE and RB, but I had us taking TE Otten and RB Maysonett

  • CDERaider

    Got a big fast RB . 6’3 225 runs 4.38 – looks like a solid pick.

    We’re definitely drafting for need at this point.

  • rediaR
  • ONE I AM

    inonewordraider Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    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
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    Dont sleep on Hayden being the best Corner also.Not only is he a ballhawk when it is in the air, he causes fumbles and recovers them when others cause them.True to the playmaker and game changer that RM said he would get….Oh yeah not to mention once he gets his hands on the Ball its 6 in the mornin Police at my door.

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Big MOFO

  • PilagingJustForFun

    We should be up again

  • inonewordraider

    we’ll be running some 3-4 seems like, reggie might have to play some nt if sims get’s hurt

  • RaiderRetribution

    Two TEs this round, practice & produce or get cut.

  • ohioraider

    What is Latvious, Roman or something?

  • redshirt

    RediaR Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJvCTzM2c0E

    *********

    Straight line, downhill speed. But his cuts and change of direction look slow. But what the he!l do I know, I’m no scout.