Drew Boylhart   4/09

Jonathan Casillas   LB   Wisconsin         

 

STRENGTHS

Jonathan is an excellent football player who can play multiple positions.  He has excellent instincts and plays his position with passion and intelligence.  He has good size and speed and is fluid, athletic and stout enough to defend against both the run and the pass.  Jonathan can play any one of the LB positions, but will need to be in a certain system to play the MLB at the next level.  He looks to be an excellent teammate and is like a coach on the field.  He makes the players around him better and understands situational football.    

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Jonathan is coming off a knee injury and that will have to be checked.  Some people think that, because of his size, he will not be very stout against the run, so he should be moved to safety.  All I can say is ... I don't think it really matters where you play him as long as you are smart enough to get him on the field!    

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2

If Jonathan had been able to work out, I think everyone would be talking about this kid as a possible 1st round pick.  As far as playing the MLB, he would have to be in a 4-3, 2-gap system so those big DT's could take on those big guards and Jonathan could flow to the play.  What surprises me when I watch Jonathan play is how well he slips blocks and makes tackles in the running game.  He doesn't run around blocks; he takes them on and then slithers through them like a ghost through a wall in the middle of the night.  He just pops through the other side and makes the play.  His instincts to attack the running play before it gets started are the real keys to his slithering ability to stop the run and before his knee problems he was very fluid in pass defense.  Jonathan could play multiple positions in your defense.  He could play any one of the LB positions (depending on your defense) and he could play as a safety also.  In this draft with so many LB's and the fact that Jonathan is coming off a knee injury I would suspect that Jonathan will not show up on many teams' boards until the 3rd or 4th round.