Blake Cashman

Minnesota

Prospect Info

College
Minnesota
Hometown
Class
Eden Prairie, MN
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
237 lbs
30 1/8”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.42
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Jets
Jets
Round 5 ‧ Pick 19
40 Yard Dash
4.5u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
124.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.95
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.12
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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It took Cashman two years to earn his scholarship, but the wait was worth it now that he has NFL prospects. His father played football at St. Thomas University, a private school in the Twin Cities. Cashman got preferred walk-on status at Minnesota after earning first-team all-state honors as a senior (his Eden Prairie High teams won four straight state titles). He played in 13 games on special teams as a true freshman (four tackles) and then stepped into a key reserve role as a sophomore, making 45 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and earning the Holiday Bowl Most Valuable Player award (12 tackles, two for loss, one sack) in the team's win over Washington State. He was a reserve again in 2017, playing in all 12 games (30 tackles, five for loss, two sacks). His persistence paid off in his senior season, as Big Ten coaches named him third-team all-conference after he led the Gophers with 104 tackles (15 for loss, 2.5 sacks) in 12 games (11 starts). Cashman did not play in the team's bowl game due to injury concerns and to prepare for the draft.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
Limited WILL linebacker who isn't big and isn't fast, but plays with determination and a nose for the ball. Former walk-ons usually have chips on their shoulders that are permanent fixtures and Cashman is no different. He's made the most out of every opportunity he's created for himself, but his lack of athletic traits and length create a small margin for error in his play. If he can improve in taking on blocks and play more instinctively, he could have a chance as a back-end backup and core special-teamer.
Strengths
  • From former walk-on to team captain
  • Tough guy who lives for football
  • Impressive 62 solo tackles with 15 tackles for loss in 2018
  • Flows with proper restraint and pace against stretch plays
  • Will fill into his fits to spill runs wide when possible
  • Tenacious demeanor wills him past certain blocks
  • Sees it and squares it as wrap-up finisher in space
  • Can line up over slot against tight ends
  • Very good recognition and readiness from short zone
  • Could be core special teamer on next level
Weaknesses
  • Had surgery on both shoulders last season
  • Needs quicker recognition of blocking scheme
  • Struggled getting off blocks and making reads against Illinois
  • Crashed over-the-top for much of his TFL production
  • Feels small when challenging climbing linemen
  • Ducks head into contact and loses sight of the ball
  • Unable to step into his gap and constrict it against run
  • Plays quickly but lacks true sideline-to-sideline range
  • Hands have to become a priority for next level
GRADE
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