Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at Raiders' picks: Round 6/172 - Nick Kasa, TE, 6-6, 269, Colorado...A part-time player as a defensive end for three seasons, Kasa requested a move to offense and has made great strides. Big enough to be a legitimate in-line blocker and fast enough to have caught a 70-yard touchdown pass. - The Sports Xchange
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04/29/13 - A closer look at Raiders' picks: Round 6/172 - Nick Kasa, TE, 6-6, 269, Colorado...A part-time player as a defensive end for three seasons, Kasa requested a move to offense and has made great strides. Big enough to be a legitimate in-line blocker and fast enough to have caught a 70-yard touchdown pass. - The Sports Xchange
03/28/13 - 2013 Colorado Pro Day: Nick Kasa, TE (6-6, 267) - Kasa ran the short shuttle in 4.45 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.18 seconds, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. He was worked out in the positional drills by New York Giants tight end coach Michael Pope. Former Colorado QB Tyler Hansen threw the ball to Kasa in his positional workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
02/27/13 - An NFL prospect says scouts at a league combine in advance of the April draft were asking athletes about sexual orientation and sexual interests. At the weekend event, players underwent physical and mental tests and participated in interviews with NFL team representatives. NFL prospect Nick Kasa, a senior at the University of Colorado, told ESPN Radio Denver said the interviews included questions about sexual orientation. Kasa played tight end for the Pac-12 team. His profile on NFL.com says he’s a “draftable player” with a grade of 60 – “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.”
The senior told ESPN Radio Denver that the scouts asked questions like “‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Are you married?’ Do you like girls?’ Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face, and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.” Others, including Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk and NBC Sports, have said NFL team reps are especially curious about Manti Te’o and whether the Notre Dame player is gay. - The Wisconsin Gazette
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: Another big-bodied tight end who could boost his stock at the combine is Colorado's Nick Kasa. The former defensive lineman has impressive athleticism considering his 6-6, 271-pound frame but stumbled a bit out of his breaks during Senior Bowl practices. If he can prove through workouts that he has the balance and agility worthy of developing, he could make a push towards the late second day. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Tight Ends...4. Nick Kasa, Colorado. Kasa has had some moments where his athleticism is on display. But with little experience as a tight end, he showed signs of being raw. He's better at blocking and seems to be more of a long-term project than a short-term fix. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/22/13 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY: While tight end Vance McDonald has impressed on the South squad, Colorado tight end Nick Kasa has stood out on the North team. A former defensive end, he didn't make the move to offense until late last season, entering the 2012 campaign with just one career catch on his resume. Kasa plays a bit tight and bulky, but he is an intriguing athlete and has really impressed as a blocker this week. He obviously needs some more seasoning, but the tools are there for Kasa to be an interesting developmental draft choice early on the third day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/03/12 - Senior tight end Nick Kasa has been invited to play in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The longest-running all-star college football game showcases some of the best players in the country while also being a benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Kasa completed a solid senior campaign by recording 25 catches for 391 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged a team-best 15.6 yards per reception (minimum two catches) and had eight catches of 20-plus yards.
Among his highlights this season included a win against Washington State where Kasa totaled three catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, with 71 of those yards coming on his touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. The 2012 season was Kasa's first full season at tight end as he made the switch from defensive end in the middle of the 2011 campaign.
The contest has seen some of the greatest players and coaches of all-time participate in the game since its inception in 1925, with this year's game being the 88th installment. The all-star game has featured the best college football players from the East and West, with all proceeds going to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. - Colorado football
11/27/12 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION: TE Nick Kasa, Sr.,...has been selected All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the 2012 college football season. - Colorado football
11/22/12 - If you can play, the NFL will find you. San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, was a basketball player in college at Kent State. New Orleans Saints star tight end Jimmy Graham, a third-round pick, played basketball for the Miami Hurricanes. Nick Kasa couldn't hang with Andre Roberson or Josh Scott over at the Coors Events Center, but that doesn't mean his performance on the Buffs' dreadful 1-10 football team has gone unnoticed.
The 6-6, 260-pound senior leads the Buffs' woeful passing offense in highlights this season with 20 receptions for 340 yards (17.0 yards per) and three touchdowns. Kasa's 70-yard touchdown at Washington State made his teammates believers as they completed a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback for CU's only win of the season. So how good can Kasa be once he masters his new position? "Rob Gronkowski," said CU senior defensive tackle Will Pericak, who was recruited as a tight end coming out of Boulder High School. "He's an athlete and he could really do anything, play any position. Tight end really worked out for him."
Jon Embree said during his Tuesday press conference that CU has petitioned the NCAA to grant Kasa a fifth year of eligibility. The program's last five-star recruit never redshirted and was often injured during his career. Kasa has already moved on. "It's not going to happen. I've tried and it won't happen," Kasa said. - Ryan Thorburn, Buffzone.com
10/11/12 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Arizona State at Colorado, Oct. 11 -- The Buffaloes have never beaten the Sun Devils in three tries, losing at home in 2006 before losing at Arizona State in 2007 and 2011. Colorado has not scored more than 14 points in any of those three games. Both teams have had extra time to prepare for the special Thursday-night kickoff after having a bye last week. KEYS TO THE GAME: Colorado needs to find a way to move the ball on Arizona State, but that won't be easy. The Buffs are last in the conference with just 21.6 points per game, while the Sun Devils have the top defense in the Pac-12, allowing just 13.6 points per game. Those two categories favor ASU the other way as well because the Sun Devils are second in the conference with 38.4 points per game, while Colorado's defense is last in the conference, allowing 39.4 points per game. PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Nick Kasa -- Tight ends are normally known as possession receivers, but the 6-6 senior has become Colorado's deep threat. He has touchdown catches of 70 and 31 yards in the last two games. His seven catches for 168 yards give him a team-leading 24 yards-per-catch average. - The Sports Xchange