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NFL Draft: Present And Future CU Picks

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Converted CU defensive lineman Nick Kasa, a struggling defender on a mediocre unit, now is a tight end for the Oakland Raiders. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.
Converted CU defensive lineman Nick Kasa, a struggling defender on a mediocre unit, now is a tight end for the Oakland Raiders. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.

DRAFTED

OAKLAND RAIDERS, TE

Sixth Round, 172nd overall

It’s amazing how much can change in a year. To understand you’ve got to go back two summers. There you’ll find a struggling Nick Kasa on the opposite side of the ball as a defensive end.

This summer, he’ll trade black-and-gold for black-and-silver as a tight end for the Oakland Raiders.

Kasa made the switch from DE to TE late in his junior year and began to get noticed — primarily for his ability to maneuver his 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame with strength and speed. He finished his tenure at CU with 12 of his 13 career starts at tight end for the Buffs, as well as 399 career yards and three touchdowns.

Like Bakhtiari, the chance to see the field often as a rookie is feasible for the Thornton, Colo., native Kasa.

Oakland lost its leading receiver to free agency when tight end Brandon Myers inked an offseason deal with the New York Giants. That leaves Richard Gordon and David Ausberry atop the Raiders’ depth chart.

Between his blocking skills and ability to stretch the field with his hands and speed, no there’s no reason why Kasa can’t call the NFL his home for quite a while.