The Oakland Raiders don’t have much at tight end, so they decided to do something about it.
Oakland took Nick Kasa out of Colorado with the 172nd pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Kasas caught 25 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns in 2012, and he led the team with 15.64 yards per catch. The Raiders decided to wait to address the tight end position even though Brandon Myers left for New York this offseason. Oakland had Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz on the board when they picked in the first round, but they had other needs to address frst.
Kasa could see some playing time at tight end right away. Mickey Shuler, Richard Gordon and David Ausberry are Oakland’s current tight ends, and none of those players are stars. The three combined for nine catches in 2012, and Shuler hasn’t played since 2010.
So, even though sixth-round picks don’t usually see much playing time right away, we could see Kasa earning starts right away.