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Jurrell Casey, DT, USC.




Jurrel Casey is an underclassmen from USC. He is not considered by many to be much of solid player and has a mid-low round grade. But the tape tells a different story. He is explosive and can push a double team with ease. He really reminds me of Jenkins in every way. He has a big body that some consider to be a little fat, small arms and a little bit of attitude. None of that has stopped jenkins from been a very good NT.

Here are some of the reports on him:

Defensive Tackle

Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 305 pounds
Class Year: Jr
Experience: 2V
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
High School: Long Beach Poly

 

 

Notes: Long Beach (Calif.) Poly product committed to then-head coach Pete Carroll and the Trojans. As a true freshman in 2008, tallied 12 tackles, two for loss and zero sacks with a forced fumble in 12 games. Started all 13 games in ’09 — 11 at defensive tackle, two at nose tackle — and produced 59-9-4½ with one pass batted down and two forced fumbles. Played right tackle in defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron’s system in ’10, totaling 67-11-4½ with two batted passes and one interception.

Positives: Surprising quickness and bend for a 300-pounder. Good strength. Can dig in vs. the double-team and generate a push as a rusher. Can work his hands and feet in unison and flashes a swim move. Chases hard in pursuit. Seldom on the ground. Hits like a ton of bricks. Good awareness. Lined up at both interior spots.

Negatives: Lacks ideal height and has a dumpy-looking body (28 percent body fat) with small hands, tapered legs and thin calves. Inconsistent leverage — gets moved off the spot when he lets his pads rise. Plays short-armed and does not consistently gain separation. Does not play with pop in his hands or accelerate off blocks. Motor runs hot and cold. Limited hip flexibility to work the edges. Average range. Could stand to improve conditioning and stamina.

Summary: Fits best as a nose tackle in a 4-3 front and has potential to be a very solid run defender. Will have to make an effort to keep his bad weight in check in order to retain his quickness and movement skills.

NFL projection: Second- to third-round pick.

Jurrell Casey
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 300 lbs.
  • Arm Length: 32 in.
  • Hand Size: 8 7/8 in.
  • College: USC
  • Conference: Pac 10
  • Position: DL


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Casey is not the most impressive player on the hoof, but he has the strength and foot quickness to develop into a disruptive force at the next level. His stocky build and lower body strength make him very difficult to move out of holes, and he uses his quick hands to effectively shed blockers. He is not a refined pass rusher, but he has a relentless motor and will become more effective with improved hand placement and technique. Casey is not athletic enough to be a three-technique at the next level, but he is a great run stopper and should be an early second-day pick.


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Casey is not the most impressive player on the hoof, but he has the strength and foot quickness to develop into a disruptive force at the next level. His stocky build and lower body strength make him very difficult to move out of holes, and he uses his quick hands to effectively shed blockers. He is not a refined pass rusher, but he has a relentless motor and will become more effective with improved hand placement and technique. Casey is not athletic enough to be a three-technique at the next level, but he is a great run stopper and should be an early second-day pick.


Casey is thickly built with good speed. Quick off the ball, plays with good leverage and anchors against the run. Utilizes a strong punch to knock offensive lineman back on their heels and has fast hands to quickly disengage. Powerful bull rusher that can collapse the pocket. Flashes the ability to make tackles in space. A bit on the short side and struggles to get his hands inside the blocker's pads. Lacks the ability to anticipate the snap and is a step late on occasion. Does not show a repertoire of pass rushing counter moves and lacks a closing burst. Tires quickly and must work on his physique and stamina.

 

And a take by a scout:

“There’s a defensive tackle at USC named Jurrell Casey, and he’s the protypical nose [tackle],” Razzano said. “He’s like another Michael Carter, who we got in the fifth round in San Francisco – one of the all-time steals. I see he’s rated as the ninth-best defensive tackle. If they do a [mock] re-draft in a few years, he’ll be a top-seven pick.”

Razzano showed me some tape of Casey from last year’s game against Cal, and the visual evidence was impressive.

“Watch him split the double-team here,” Razzano said as Casey burst between the Bears’ center and left guard. “Look at that nasty explosiveness. I’m telling you, it’s [like the Pittsburgh Steelers’] Casey Hampton(notes). He has short-area quickness and enough of a motor to satisfy me. You have to realize, defensive linemen don’t all have great work ethic. That’s why they’re big. But [Jurrell Casey’s] a naturally explosive guy, and they’re hard to find.”

His combine performance was not noteworthy and his stats at USC were marginal, but a look at the videos of his performance at the games one can see his strength, motor and explosiveness. I Am not good at posting videos so if you want to see them please google him.

I think that if the Jets can get him on the third round it will we a great steal, Rex can certainly take him to the next level and motivate him like he did for Jenkins. Of all the DTs in this year's draft I think Casey has the most potential. The Only thing that bothers me is how almost nobody has him in their boards, even Parcell's. Hopefully Rex will see him and take him.

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