STRENGTHS - Kasa does a good job getting out of his stance quickly, although there were times where he was unable to get a good first step. Kasa uses form blocking technique, keeping his hands inside and shows the ability to block aggressively and physically, and will punch when he needs to fend off the pass rush. Kasa's strong legs enable him to both drive a DE/LB forward or hold his own and maintain balance against the bigger athletes. Kasa also shows the ability to go down the seam quickly and can create a miss-match with LB's in coverage and is a quick route runner, although his footwork will need to become more crisp in order to become a more dangerous receiving TE. Kasa shows the ability to run curl routes effectively as his ability to get down will cause LB to freeze.
WEAKNESSES - While Kasa is a guy that can get down the field quickly and create a mis-match in coverage, he will need to improve his footwork that will enable him to run crisper routes as he does not show the ability to break coverage on routes to the sideline or over the middle. I would like to see him plant his foot better to freeze the LB. He will also need to improve his hands as he had a few dropped passes in the games I evaluated and needs to do a better job in securing the ball as the ball was knocked out upon contact. Kasas will also need to become more consistent on his first step to allow him more leverage when asked to block. While he has solid footwork and slides his feet well and shows the ability to recover on a missed block, Kasa showed some poor body control and positioning on blocks, enabling the DE to gain leverage on him and get him off balance.
SUMMARY - Kasa is a very solid athlete and shows his willingness to do what he is asked to for his team. He was moved to TE 8 games into his Junior season from DE so he still has somewhat of a learning curve. As a former DE, he will have the instincts in both blocking and in route running and can use that to his advantage. Kasa is a solid blocker, he shows the strength, the technique and can be very physical when he has to be in order to fend off the pass rush. He has strong legs that enable him to withstand the pressure from the outside and uses the strength to muscle the pass rusher. He uses good technique for the most part, although at times he will bend his waist enabling the pass rusher to gain some leverage on him. As far as receiving goes he can be a solid receiver as he has the quickness and speed to go down the seam and create mis-matches with LB's and also uses his speed as an advantage on curl routes as his speed will cause the LB to freeze due to the deep threat. In order for him to improve and be a more reliable receiver he will need to improve his footwork and show that he can create separation in short to medium routes, and he must become stronger in securing the ball once he makes the catch as he showed a tendency to drop the ball at contact. Overall, Kasa is a very solid blocking tight end but will need to improve on his receiving skills in order to become a more well-rounded Tight End at the next level.