04-22-2005, 06:21 PM
Chargers select...Luis Castillo, DT Northwestern.
04-23-2005, 04:29 PM
Barnes is the only highly-rated tackle left. Pool is a possibility.
04-23-2005, 04:38 PM
Luis Castillo, DT+NG, Northwestern
Height: 6:02.6 Weight: 306
Overview: Luis became only the fourth player in school history to earn both All-American and Academic All-American honors in the same season. The Northwestern coaching staff says he is as good as any other defensive linemen in the Big Ten Conference, citing Castillo's unlimited potential, great work ethic, tremendous attitude and good strength level. Luis immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic as a child, settling in Garfield, New Jersey with his mother, Maria. Luis was a Super Prep All-American selection as a defensive tackle at Garfield (N.J.) High School, where he added team MVP honors after recording 89 tackles with eight sacks and five forced fumbles as a senior. He also excelled in wrestling and was listed as the state's top heavyweight. He is a very intelligent athlete who garnered academic honors throughout his prep and collegiate career. Castillo, a three-time Academic All-District choice, was nominated for National Football Foundation scholar-athlete accolades. He was also rated the third-best defensive line prospect in New Jersey by the McCarthy Report. The team captain finished his prep career with 159 tackles and 18 sacks as he earned eight letters (three--football, three--track, two--wrestling). He was also the state's top-ranked heavyweight wrestler, member of the Math Honor Society, National Honor Society and the Honor Roll. Castillo played in five games as a freshman for Northwestern in 2001, but was hampered most of the year by a right leg injury. He finished the year with 22 tackles (13 solos) and four stops for losses. His leg continued to bother him throughout the 2002 preseason, but he did manage to play in twelve games that year. Luis totaled a career-high 84 tackles (31 solos) as a sophomore, but did not have any sacks or pressures and managed only an assisted stop behind the line of scrimmage. In 2003, the Academic All-Big Ten Conference choice produced 70 tackles (38 solos) with 2.5 sacks, 6.5 stops for losses and six pressures from the left tackle position. He shifted to right tackle in 2004, registering 75 tackles (51 solos) with a pair of sacks, 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and five pressures, despite playing most of the year with a left elbow strain that he suffered on the second play of the season. He closed out his career with Academic All-American honors from ESPN, All-American first-team accolades from Pro Football Weekly and was a second-team All-Big Ten Conference pick on the field. In 42 games for the Wildcats, he produced 251 tackles (133 solos) with 4.5 sacks for minus-19 yards, 19.5 stops for losses of 51 yards and eleven quarterback pressures. He also deflected five passes, blocked a kick, caused a fumble and recovered another.
Analysis: Positives Castillo has an ideal frame and exceptional quickness for a nose guard prospect. Despite his impressive frame, he is more of a finesse-type of player who has the functional strength, but needs to get more physical on the field. He has a frame that can carry at least another twenty pounds of bulk. Because of his bull rush skills and ability to plug the rush lanes, he could also perform capably in a two-gap system, thanks to his lower body strength. Luis does a good job of pursuing the play, as he is quick to read and react. He plays at a good pad level, most of the time and relies on his quickness to gain penetration. He shows explosiveness in his initial step and the change of direction agility to work his way down the line. He has a solid base to anchor and plug the running lanes. Castillo shows good hand placement and does a good job of pursuing the short area plays, but lacks the timed speed to run long distances. As a run defender, Castillo is quick to gain position on the blocker, using his arm-under action to get an edge on the outside of an offensive lineman. When he uses his hands with force, he is able to jab and jolt to separate. When Luis gets too high in his stance or lines up with a blocker on his head, he struggles to disengage. He has the leg drive and short area burst to collapse the pocket and is quick to locate the ball. He also shows good field smarts and discipline, rarely over-pursuing the plays. He plays with good mental alertness and has a knack for finding the ball in the short area. Castillo also shows a good feel for pressure. In the open field, he extends his arms properly to wrap and secure as a tackler, but with a lack of foot speed, is better served working inside the box. Castillo is able to split double teams when he hunkers down to get a good anchor. He has the burst to close on the quarterback and never takes a play off. He is a marginal pass rusher who lacks many moves and is better off performing as a bull rusher. Even when he utilizes his short area burst to get into the backfield, he does not have the agility to close in on the quarterback with any effectiveness. Castillo just needs to get more physical in his play. Luis does not always utilize his power and long arms to stack and shed. He is a marginal pass rusher who is better at flushing the quarterback out of the pocket than tackle the passer. He relies too much on his speed to break free of the offensive linemen and will lose a few battles once he lets the blocker lock on. It is not as if he is incapable of playing more physically (see 2004 Ohio State game). Based on his size, determination, athletic ability and instincts, this is a player that is well worth an early look on draft day. If he can improve his power game, he will be a big contributor in the pros, but needs to play in a disciplined system, as he does not have the top end speed to freelance.
Agility tests: 4.92 in the 40-yard dash...425-pound bench press...600-pound squat...355-pound hang clean...31-inch vertical jump...32 7/8-inch arm length...9 -inch hands...Right-handed... Wears contacts...29/35 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Garfield (N.J.) High School, playing football for coach Steve Mucha...Prep Star Super 30 All-Eastern Region, Super Prep All-American, Tom Lemming All-Region, rated third-best defensive line prospect in New Jersey by the McCarthy Report, Newark Star Ledger and Associated Press All-State, first-team All-County his junior and senior years and first team All-League his sophomore, junior and senior years...Third-team All-State as a junior...Team MVP and captain...Recorded 89 tackles, eight sacks, five forced fumbles his senior year...Recorded 159 tackles and 18 sacks in his high school career...Lettered eight times as a prep (three--football, three--track, two--wrestling)...State's top-ranked heavyweight wrestler...Member of the Math Honor Society, National Honor Society and the Honor Roll.
Personal: Economics major with a minor in Business Institutions...Son of Maria Castillo...Born Luis Alberto Castillo on 8/04/83...Resides in Garfield, New Jersey.
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