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Old 27.04.2019, 07:04 PM
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Jets 5th round pick-Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota

2018 highlights

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Overview

Limited WILL linebacker who isn't big and isn't fast, but plays with determination and a nose for the ball. Former walk-ons usually have chips on their shoulders that are permanent fixtures and Cashman is no different. He's made the most out of every opportunity he's created for himself, but his lack of athletic traits and length create a small margin for error in his play. If he can improve in taking on blocks and play more instinctively, he could have a chance as a back-end backup and core special-teamer.

Strengths

From former walk-on to team captain
Tough guy who lives for football
Impressive 62 solo tackles with 15 tackles for loss in 2018
Flows with proper restraint and pace against stretch plays
Will fill into his fits to spill runs wide when possible
Tenacious demeanor wills him past certain blocks
Sees it and squares it as wrap-up finisher in space
Can line up over slot against tight ends
Very good recognition and readiness from short zone
Could be core special teamer on next level

Weaknesses

Had surgery on both shoulders last season
Needs quicker recognition of blocking scheme
Struggled getting off blocks and making reads against Illinois
Crashed over-the-top for much of his TFL production
Feels small when challenging climbing linemen
Ducks head into contact and loses sight of the ball
Unable to step into his gap and constrict it against run
Plays quickly but lacks true sideline-to-sideline range
Hands have to become a priority for next level
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