|Jurrell Casey DT USC|
|Decent athleticism for his size. Quick off the snap and does a nice job getting into the backfield. Shows a nice array of pass rush moves. Has the skills necessary to play end in a 3-4 scheme. Showed steady improvement throughout his career; still developing and has plenty of upside.|
|Lacks elite size for an interior lineman; height is below average. Not a very physical player; plays more like an oversized defensive end than a tackle. Disappears from games at times; effort may be an issue. Struggles against the run; gets pushed around by bigger, more physical interior offensive linemen. Lacks the strength – and sometimes the effort – to disengage from blocks.|
|Casey has plenty of potential but his inconsistent play is very concerning. He is a boom-or-bust type prospect and probably closer to the latter. If a team falls in love with his athleticism and potential he could come off the board in the top 50, but he’s also a candidate to fall a long way if teams aren’t convinced about his commitment to becoming a dominant player. At his best, he can be a Ndamukong Suh-like penetrating tackle, but he could also be out of the league in a few short years.|
USC is losing two juniors to the NFL – offensive tackle Tyron Smith and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.
I’m not at all surprised by Smith’s early entrance. He would have benefited from another year at USC, but this is an incredibly weak class for offensive lineman – the worst since at least 2005 – and his draft stock will be elevated as a result.
Smith is an impressive athlete, and definitely has the raw ability necessary to play left tackle at the next level. He could come off the board as high as the top-20, but more realistically will fall in the 25-40 range.
Considering all the turmoil at USC over the past year, Casey’s decision to leave doesn’t come as much of a surprise either. But his decision certainly wasn’t impacted by a chance to boost his stock. This is a very deep class for defensive linemen, and Casey stands little chance of coming off the board within the top 50 picks.
Casey lacks the size and strength to play nose tackle, and lacks the athleticism to shift to end in a 3-4 scheme. This will limit the number of teams interested in his services, and could cause for him to plummet down draft boards.