Photo of James Castleman
5.19 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 300LBS. Weight



Gets off the ball and into linemen quickly. Has upper-body strength to get immediate arm extension like a basic bench-press rep. Scans the backfield and finds the ball. Nimble feet and good agility for a big man. Will pursue down the line and has better range than most at his position. Spins out of blocks to regather and get back into the play. Gets upfield and makes it difficult for back-side guards to get across face on him. Uses rip move to get under opponent, play with leverage and close down his gap.


High cut with a tapered lower body. Has power in his hands, but they aren't particularly dynamic or violent. Reads where ball carrier is but isn't as effective as he needs to be at shedding. Despite quickness off snap, it doesn't seem to translate into a consistent pass rush. Inconsistent tackler. Isn't a true anchor nose and doesn't have the bulk to hold up against consistent double teams.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

NFL Comparison

Roy Miller

Bottom Line

Barrel chested nose tackle who revs his engine and won't quit on too many plays. Castleman is effective inside thanks to leverage, upper body strength and initial quickness. He isn't likely to make noise as a pass rusher, but he can be a starter for defenses looking for an upfield nose.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.