Jonathan Casillas Scouting Report

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Jonathan Casillas Scouting Report

Position: OLB
Conference: Big10
School: Wisconsin Badgers
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #2
Height & Weight: 6'2 - 226 lbs.

2009 NFL Combine Results
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2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Jonathan Casillas, OLB, Wisconsin

Jonathan Casillas of Wisconsin may not be the biggest guy, but he's one of the best football players in this year's draft class. Casillas is slightly undersized for the outside linebacker position, even for the college level. Despite this fact, he has been extremely productive for the Badgers. He appeared in 12 games as a freshman (mostly on special teams) and recorded 10 tackles and 2 blocked kicks. Since taking over the starting role on the weak side as a sophomore, Casillas has tallied 241 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, broken up 6 passes in coverage, and blocked another kick on special teams. At only 6'2" and 226 pounds, many scouts will question his ability to hold up at the NFL level. He may be undersized, but Casillas makes up for this with blazing speed at the position. Wisconsin officials say he has unofficially run the 40 yard dash in the low 4.4 second range, a time that many defensive backs would envy. He is a solid open field tackler, and has the speed to run down backs and receivers from behind. Casillas is at his best in coverage, where his speed and instincts allow him to make plays. He can cover tight ends and running backs with ease, and is excellent in zone coverage. He has a knack for forcing receivers to run their routes into the deep safeties in cover 2, taking away a quarterback's options. If he is as fast as reported, he might even be able to convert to strong safety in the NFL. Because of his size, Casillas likely won't be drafted until the late fourth or fifth round. If he lands with the right team (perhaps a Tampa 2 scheme), he could be a solid professional. Jonathan Casillas did not run at the NFL Combine in February because he's recovering from an injury. He did however take his turn on the bench press and did 24 reps of 225 pounds. Unfortunately he couldn't do much to help his stock, but he's still a solid cover 2 linebacker prospect in the late rounds.

Last Updated Mar-20-2009 by Randall Weida

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