Raiders pick Colorado TE Kasa at No. 172 overall

Raiders pick Colorado TE Kasa at No. 172 overall
April 27, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Nick Kasa began his career at Colorado as a defensive end and tackle before switching to tight end for his senior campaign. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders chose tight end Nick Kasa with the No. 172 overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Here's a closer look at the selection:

Position: Tight end
School: Colorado
Height/weight: 6 foot 6, 269 pounds
College career: Began as a defensive end and tackle before a lack of production there convinced him to approach the Colorado coaching staff about a position switch. With a need at tight end, Kasa was flipped to the offensive side of the ball as a senior. Started last 12 games at tight end, caught 26 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns. Played for the Raiders coaching staff in the Senior Bowl.
Scouting report: Showed "explosiveness" getting into and out of his routes. A raw pass catcher who is unpolished at pass catching. Still, his physicality makes him a threat to elude tackles in the secondary after the catch. Strongest as a run blocker, obviously using his defensive-minded skill-set.
How he fits: The Raiders do not have an established No. 1 tight end with David Ausberry, Richard Gordon and Mickey Shuler on the roster. It's a position of need and Kasa could compete for time, especially as a blocker.
In his words: "They ask you 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."
--Nick Kasa, to ESPN Radio Denver, on the Combine