In recent years, multiple high school tight ends have made the successful conversion to offensive tackle. Kasa (Cah-suh) is attempting a different path, moving from defensive end eight games into his junior season to tight end. The son of a collegiate offensive tackle and linebacker, Kasa's physical style from his time at defensive end and power fullback shows in his inline blocking, a skill that will serve him well early on.
Kasa's first year at Colorado did not get off to a smooth start, as he missed the first three games of the season after suffering a knee injury during the team's first fall scrimmage. The injury did not require surgery. After seeing the field in the next four games, Kasa was again sidelined for the five contests due to mononucleosis. The NCAA did not award Kasa a redshirt for the lost 2009 season. Kasa played in all 12 games, including one start, the following year, tallying 18 tackles including two for a loss. As a junior, Kasa failed to earn a start at either position after moving from defensive end to tight end following the eight game of the season. In fact, Kasa only saw action at tight end in one game, the season finale against Utah, and caught one pass for eight yards. Finally, as a senior, Kasa hit his stride at the tight end position, starting every game while recording 25 catches for 391 yards and three touchdowns. What impressed onlookers the most was not Kasa's receiving ability, but instead his willingness to block and overlooked straight-line speed on vertical routes.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.