Possesses average flexibility when asked to sit into his stance, but at times gets too high when he begins to wear down or has to stunt and will struggle to gain leverage into contact. Possesses impressive lateral agility for a guy his size and uses his long arms well to slip blocks off the snap, exhibits a compact arm over move inside and knows how to slip blocks. Doesn't do as good a job extending his arms into contact and doesn't look real natural when asked to disengage through contact, relies more so on his lateral ability than hands use but his motor seemed to be running a little more this year and made some plays on his work rate fighting through contact.
Isn't the most impressive run defender when asked to hold the point of attack. Needs to be able to shoot gaps, play off blocks and win with his first step. Doesn't do a great job extending his arms into contact and despite his respectable pad level, allows defenders to get their hands under him and drive him off the ball consistently. Does a much better job when asked to one-gap inside, can drop his shoulder, maintain level and fight his way through contact and also does a good job using his length to play the piano down the line and work toward the football. Possesses only an average closing burst in pursuit, but breaks down well and uses his length to wrap well on his man.
Impression: Looks a bit heavy from the waist up and doesn't anchor as well as his thick, squatty frame would lead you to believe. However, he has a good get off, can keep pad level down when he wants and has some lateral quickness and length to shed blocks. Has the talent to make an impact as a one-gap guy in the league, but I do have major questions about is willingness to work at it. Has some lazy to his game."
Run Defense: Short, squatty defender. Tough to move off the line. Maintains his natural leverage advantage by playing low and showing very good leg drive and balance to keep his feet. Good lateral agility and balance to slide down the line of scrimmage. A bit inconsistent with his run fits. Will freelance and pick the wrong gap to attack, opening up rushing lanes. Good strength to slip off blocks and drag the ballcarrier down as he attempts to run past. Good effort laterally and downfield in pursuit.
Explosion: Flashes an initial burst off the snap. Varies his start and can stun his opponent. Good explosive punch to jar his opponent backward and gain a quick release.
Strength: Good lower-body strength to hold up to drive blocking. Has the sand in his pants to anchor, even showing the ability to hold up to the double-team. Good upper-body strength to slide off blocks and drag down runners.
Tackling: Makes most of his tackles while still engaged with a lineman, showing good upper-body strength. Surprisingly light on his feet. Can be evaded by quickness, but can hold his own in tight quarters and forces ballcarriers to elude him. Good effort laterally and downfield to make the tackle in pursuit. Good strength for the drag down tackle. Has a late burst to close and can arrive with a pop. Has three career forced fumbles.
Intangibles: Has a bowling ball body type with a thick, wide trunk and short arms and legs. Is tough to block because of his build and strength, but may have trouble disengaging against NFL blockers due to his short arms. Started at nose guard and defensive tackle. Recognized his freshman season as USC's Service Team Defensive Player of the Year for his part on the scout team. Only three years removed from his high school graduation. Turned 21 on December 5."
Pursuit: Casey's pursuit is limited because he gets caught going up the field to often. He lacks great awareness and struggles to identify the ball carrier which leads to him being out of position. This poor position means that he often not a factor on plays to the sideline. However, his effort and motor make up for some of the poor positioning.
Quickness: His quick first step and hands are a major part of Casey's success. He also possesses good suddenness which allows him to move laterally and slip past the blocker.
Run Defend: Casey is an average run defender that struggles to hold strong at the point of attack. He struggles to get inside hands an lock out the blocker. Casey often tries to shoulder his way through the offensive line which results in him getting pushed off the ball. Locating the football and ball carrier is a real problem for Casey as he too often shoots the wrong gap and is taken out of the play.
Strength: Playing strength and true strength are very different and Casey doesn't play strong. His lack of proper hand placement and balance results in him getting pushed off the line too often. He doesn't appear to have the necessary skills to play two gap football.
Tackling: Casey works hard to put himself around the football but is typically out of control. His lack of balance and control lead to poor technique and hinder his pop. He needs to work on breaking down and keeping his head on a swivel in order to make a sound tackle.
Technique: This is an area where Casey is solid but could use some work. He does a good job keeping his pad level low and firing off the football. Casey's quick and heavy hands make it easy for him to disengage from blocks. However, his inconsistent hand placement limits his push on the pocket. He also struggles sitting into his stance and anchoring through contact. This hurts his ability to hold strong at the point of attack and play two gap football.
Final Word: Casey is among the many prospects that fit as a 3 technique in the 2011 NFL Draft. His ability to quickly get off the football and penetrate the pocket can be a real asset. Casey's quick hands and suddenness also help him slip past the offensive line and wreak havoc in the backfield. I don't like him as a guy that can play two gap football which means that he wouldn't be a fit more many 3-4 defenses. This limited versatility could result in a bit of a draft day drop.
He played nose tackle sparingly as a freshman and moved to under tackle as a sophomore and junior, as he left off to enter the 2011 NFL Draft.
Casey has solid quickness and agility. He’s a natural penetrator and he can get into the backfield to disrupt the play. He has a vicious swim move that he uses to help burst up field in a hurry. He gets a good burst off of the snap, and engages immediately with his opposing threat. He doesn’t get thrown around much and has solid strength at the point of attack. He can fill the gap when necessary, and doesn’t get taken out of plays very easily.
Casey has a lot of lower body strength that he doesn’t take advantage of. He needs to drive his feet when engaged in blocks. Casey also needs to work on using his hands to his advantage. He doesn’t have very long arms, but he needs to swat the lineman’s hands down and not let them control him and take him out of the play. He will take plays off and won’t give full effort if he doesn’t feel close enough to the ball carrier. He could stand to bulk up on his upper body, and get stronger at the point of attack.
Casey is a fantastic talent with a lot of untapped potential. His quick feet and agility will help his draft stock if he can prove that he’s not going to take plays off. Casey has second round talent, but will most likely fall to the third or fourth round to a team like Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, or Tampa Bay. He may be best off as a situational pass rusher in his first two seasons as he works on his conditioning to be an every down defensive tackle.
NFL Comparison: Sedrick Ellis "
Positive: Stout, low-to-the-ground defensive lineman who displays strength in his lower body. Plays with good lean, gets leverage on opponents, and works his hands throughout the action. Keeps his feet driving up the field, changes direction well and has the ability to chase plays laterally. Fires off the snap, shows a quick burst, and plays with suddenness.
Negative: Not light on his feet or effective in pursuit. Not a dominant bull rushing interior lineman. Has marginal athleticism.
Analysis: Casey was a productive defensive lineman who does not have great skills for the next level. He could be a one-gap tackle or three-technique lineman."
Negatives: Squatty... Top heavy... A little short... Inconsistent off the snap... Can be pushed around at the point of attack... Does not use the bull rush too often, tends to favor his quickness instead... Can play with a high pad level in pass rush."
Weaknesses: Less than ideal height and slightly top-heavy. Inconsistent anticipation of the snap count. Good strength, but he comes out of his stance at times with high pads, which leads him to be pushed around at the POA. Coudl improve his hand usage. Needs to improve his conditioning, as he can tire late in drives and late in games.
Projection: Second rounder. Casey's size and quickness best suits him as a three technique for a 4-3 defense, where he should at least be a rotational player and could compete for a starting spot as a rookie."
If Casey does go pro a year early, he is likely a borderline first round selection. There are some pretty good defensive tackles in this class, but Casey has to be mentioned with them. Another year polishing his skills can never hurt, yet Casey has the ability to be an impact player in the NFL right now."
Jurrell Casey has some Pass Rushing skills, but is weak against the Run, and at his size definitely needs to be in a 40 Scheme. He's a decent Risk/Reward Ratio for the 3rd Round, which is where he's projected to go.
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