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Luis Castillo DT Northwestern 63 303
By: Robert Davis

Luis Castillo jumped into the rotation as a true freshman for Northwestern and continued to progress into one of the best defensive lineman in the Big 10. As a freshman, he tallied 22 tackles, with four of them coming for loss. As a sophomore, he finished the year with a career high 84 tackles, which is amazing for an interior lineman. As a junior, his tackles dropped a bit to 70, but he got more penetration and finished with 7 tackles for loss. He save the best for last, though coming through will an All American campaign as a senior. His 75 tackles and career high 8.5 for loss also got him named to the All Big 10 second team.

Castillo has all the physical gifts you want in a defensive tackle. Hes got solid size, is very strong, is a good athlete, and shows very good quickness. He can hold up at the point, but has also flashed the ability to get penetration into the backfield. He will never be outworked on the field. During his senior season he was named Academic All American, to go with his All American status as a football player.

For all his experience and talent, Castillo is not a finished product. He needs some coaching to get him to be more technically sound, rather than relying on his physical ability alone.

Castillo has intriguing upside. In a weak defensive tackle draft, Castillo brings as much upside as any of them. With his work ethic, talent, and intelligence, he should be able to respond to coaching and put it to use on the field. He carries a solid grade in the second round, but as draft day approaches, the lack of a true elite DT could make some team take him in the first frame somewhere.

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