Selected by Oakland Raiders in sixth round (172nd overall) of 2013 NFL Draft, April 27, 2013.
At a glance
2013: Appeared in 16 games - starting one at TE - primarily on special teams...Recorded one catch for nine yards and a touchdown...(9/8) at Ind.: Saw action on special teams in his NFL debut...(9/15) vs. Jac., (9/23) at Den., (9/29) vs. Was., (10/6) vs. SD., (10/13) at KC and (10/27) vs. Pit: Saw action on special teams...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Saw action at tight end and on special teams...(11/10) at NYG: Made his first-career start as a third TE and saw action on offense and special teams...(11/17) at Hou.: Saw action on offense and special teams...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Saw extended action at TE after TE Mychal Rivera left the game due to injury...Also played on special teams...(11/28) at Dal.: Saw action at TE and on special teams...(12/8) at NYJ: Saw action on special teams before leaving the game due to a concussion...(12/15) vs. KC and (12/22) at SD: Saw action on special teams...(12/29) vs. Den.: Hauled in the first reception and touchdown of his career when he registered a nine-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Colorado, playing three years on the defensive line before converting to tight end...Recorded 28 tackles (20 solo) with one sack on defense...As a senior, played 13 games at tight end and totaled 25 receptions for 391 yards and three touchdowns...An All-Pac-12 third-team choice by the NFL Draft Report...Of his 25 receptions, 16 went for 10 or more yards and eight catches for 20 yards or longer...Had a 40-yard catch vs. Sacramento State...Had three catches for a career-high 87 yards vs. Washington State, including a 70-yard score...Had a 31-yard touchdown catch vs. UCLA...Found the end zone with a 20-yard grab vs. Arizona...Posted five receptions for 51 yards vs. Utah...Appeared in 11 games as a junior, converting to tight end late in the season...On defense, recorded seven tackles (five)...Made first career reception in season finale vs. Utah...Appeared in 12 games at defensive tackle as a sophomore...Recorded 18 tackles (12) and one sack...Produced a career-high four tackles (three) at Oklahoma...Registered first-career sack vs. Iowa...Recorded two tackles as a freshman, including a tackle for loss at Texas...Communications major.
PERSONAL: Attended Legacy High School in Thornton, Colo....Finished prep career as school's all-time leader in sacks (31.5) and tackles for loss (46)...Earned All-Colorado and All-State (5A) honors from both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post as a junior and senior...Named the Colorado Defensive Player of the Year by both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post as a senior...As a senior, posted 59 tackles (40), including 10 sacks and one fumble recovery...Also started on the offensive line at tackle, where he did not allow a sack...Received All-American honors from PrepStar and SuperPrep...Played in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas...Named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best-in-the-West team and the Orange County Register's "Fab-15" second team...Tabbed as the No. 4 defensive end in the country by Scout.com...Also lettered three times in track and field...Father, Larry, played tackle and linebacker at the University of New Haven.
Oakland Raiders tight end Nick Kasa catches his first touchdown late in the third quarter from quarterback Terrelle Pryor.