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    Solid player to be had at LB

    Jonathan Casillas outside linebacker from Wisconsin will there in the 5th, 6th or 7th round. This kid is a starter in the NFL. At Wisconsin he was the heart of the Badger defense. He is fast, he can cover and is always around the ball. He could be a hell of a steal for some team...heres to hoping its the Rams.


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    Re: Solid player to be had at LB

    Hey Wraith......I like what you wrote on him and I haven't yet done my own search, but, considering what you say, what makes you think he'll be there is the 5th-7th?
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    Re: Solid player to be had at LB

    he`s a little undersized to play anything but the weakside spot and a little too light (228lbs)for even that..

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    Re: Solid player to be had at LB

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblin` Ram View Post
    he`s a little undersized to play anything but the weakside spot and a little too light (228lbs)for even that..
    As the old TV comercial used to say "Wheres the beef?". Please no more light weights lets get some bigger LB's in here.

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    Re: Solid player to be had at LB

    Jonathan Casillas:

    6-1 1/8" 228 lbs (est. 4.5 forty)


    Played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2005, making 10 tackles, half a tackle for loss and no sacks with two blocked punts (Illinois Minnesota). Stepped into the weak side linebacker position in 06, starting all 13 games and recording 83-121/2-2 whith four pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. Started all 13 games in 07, registering 96-9-1 with one pass breakup and two forced fumbles.

    Cited for a first-time drunken driving offense in August 08 while driving on a moped on the Wisconsin campus. Also cited for driving with a prohibited alcohol consumption (a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08) and for driving with two persons on a moped but was not disciplined by the coaching staff. Suffered a sprained ankle during spring practice. Started all 10 games in which he played in 08, totaling 62-6-1 with one interception, one forced fmble and one fumble and one fumble recovery. Sprained his left MCL in fall camp and missed the first two games of the season.At the conclusion of the regular season, had the knee operated on for cartilage damage and was unable to participate in the Champs Sports Bowl, the Senior Bowl or on-field Combine drills.

    Strengths:
    Moves fluidly and possesses natural athletic ability. Covers a lot of ground and shows a wide playing range. Able to slip blocks and get to the ball quickly. Adept at sorting through traffic. Solid wrap tackler. Mirrors backs and tight ends.

    Weaknesses:
    Does not have a frame to support much more bulk and is too thinly built. Lacks functional strength. Instincts are just average, and he is not overly instinctive reading his keys. Lacks awareness and makes bad reads. Thinks when he should be reacting. Engulfed when he allows defenders into his frame. Needs to do a better job of using his hands to play off blocks and protect his lower body. Does not drive defenders back on contact or hit with any thump. Durability and maturity issues stemming from incidents as a young player need to be investigated.

    Bottom Line:
    Is undersized and needs to be protected in a 4-3 defense where he can be effective as a rangy. run and hit linebacker. Brings added value as a nickel linebacker and core special-teams contributor and his skill set would play well in a one-gap defense suich as that of the Buccaneers or Eagles. Needs to prove he can stay healthy and durability and character issues might affect his draft value ...

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    Re: Solid player to be had at LB

    He would Be A Great Safety If Moved There.

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    Re: Solid player to be had at LB

    Quote Originally Posted by rams 24/7 View Post
    He would Be A Great Safety If Moved There.
    Haven't we had enough of projects? Sounds to me like he'd be worth a look as a situational linebacker in rd 7, or better still as a street free agent. Might be productive on special teams and develop into a nickel linebacker on passing downs. The possibility exists however, that he wouldn't fit within Spa's four pillars scheme.

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    Re: Solid player to be had at LB

    West Virginia or E illinois LB weould be better

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    Re: Solid player to be had at LB

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post
    Jonathan Casillas:

    6-1 1/8" 228 lbs (est. 4.5 forty)

    Played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2005, making 10 tackles, half a tackle for loss and no sacks with two blocked punts (Illinois Minnesota). Stepped into the weak side linebacker position in 06, starting all 13 games and recording 83-121/2-2 whith four pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. Started all 13 games in 07, registering 96-9-1 with one pass breakup and two forced fumbles.

    Cited for a first-time drunken driving offense in August 08 while driving on a moped on the Wisconsin campus. Also cited for driving with a prohibited alcohol consumption (a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08) and for driving with two persons on a moped but was not disciplined by the coaching staff. Suffered a sprained ankle during spring practice. Started all 10 games in which he played in 08, totaling 62-6-1 with one interception, one forced fmble and one fumble and one fumble recovery. Sprained his left MCL in fall camp and missed the first two games of the season.At the conclusion of the regular season, had the knee operated on for cartilage damage and was unable to participate in the Champs Sports Bowl, the Senior Bowl or on-field Combine drills.

    Strengths:
    Moves fluidly and possesses natural athletic ability. Covers a lot of ground and shows a wide playing range. Able to slip blocks and get to the ball quickly. Adept at sorting through traffic. Solid wrap tackler. Mirrors backs and tight ends.

    Weaknesses:
    Does not have a frame to support much more bulk and is too thinly built. Lacks functional strength. Instincts are just average, and he is not overly instinctive reading his keys. Lacks awareness and makes bad reads. Thinks when he should be reacting. Engulfed when he allows defenders into his frame. Needs to do a better job of using his hands to play off blocks and protect his lower body. Does not drive defenders back on contact or hit with any thump. Durability and maturity issues stemming from incidents as a young player need to be investigated.

    Bottom Line:
    Is undersized and needs to be protected in a 4-3 defense where he can be effective as a rangy. run and hit linebacker. Brings added value as a nickel linebacker and core special-teams contributor and his skill set would play well in a one-gap defense suich as that of the Buccaneers or Eagles. Needs to prove he can stay healthy and durability and character issues might affect his draft value ...
    Hmmmm, Wraith we might need to check your pockets because it seems someone greased them before you made this post. Are you 2 related or something?

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