2007 NFL Draft Player Reviews – CB Antoine Cason
Not many people know the name … Antoine Cason of the University of Arizona, but the 6’0 190-pound CB has the NFL on notice. Cason, from Los Alamitos (near Long Beach) CA, has all the tools the NFL looks for in a CB … size, speed (4.39 forty) jumping ability (40 inches) a willingness to hit and a desire for even more. strong. learn. Did I mention that he also has lineage? !! His father, Wendell Cason, played for Oregon and for the Falcons between 1984 and 1987, and his cousins are Ken-Yon Rambo (NYJ) and Avieon Cason (Dallas). His brother raced on the track at Washington St.
Cason is one of the best defensive backs in the PAC-10, not to mention the nation. He has started all 22 games and has played every snap in his first two years. He received Second Team All-PAC-10 honors in 2005, when he finished with three interceptions, five passes defended and 50 tackles, including 2.5 for losses. Normally playing the strong side of the field, Cason has seven career interceptions in the 2006 season, and those 7 picks put him in position to qualify as UA’s best on the all-time table, with five more needed to be among. the first nine. . He had a 27-yard interception return all season against Oregon. Cason had seven tackles three times last season. He started 11 games as a true freshman in 2004, earning an All-PAC-10 Honorable Mention. Cason was selected to FWAA All-America Freshman Teams and Sporting News … TSN All-PAC-10 Freshman Team Selection and PAC-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors. Cason was also selected for Rivals.com’s freshman All-America club. He finished the season with 70 tackles (54 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards), four interceptions, six broken passes and three forced fumbles. Cason was the team’s second-leading tackler, while ranking fifth in the PAC-10 in interceptions, 20 in tackles, fifth in forced fumbles and ninth in passes defended. He scored 12 tackles (8 solo) and forced a fumble vs. HAS KNOWN. Cason also returned a 23-yard interception, had nine tackles (7 solo), two busted passes and two tackles for one loss (-8 yards) at Washington. Cason also returned two interceptions for a total of 61 yards and scored five solo tackles vs. California. Named PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Week after the first collegiate game – he scored 13 tackles (12 solo), the most of his career, including one for a loss, forced two fumbles, broke a pass and returned one. four-yard interception vs. NAU.
From Los Alamitos high school he was a second team All-CIF South Section and first team Division I CIF in his senior year. He also won the defending honors of Division I of the Southern Section. He was also a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 and was a Prep Star All-America pick as one of the top 300 national recruits. An All-Far-west Super-Prep is honored as a California Top 100 prospect and a three-star rating from Rivals.com and No. 38 as a DB prospect. Cason also played running back for Los Alamitos, where he had 41 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 2003. An all-league first team as a junior, with six interceptions and was the Sunset League defensive back of the year and first. team honors as a senior. Cason was also a member of the countywide first team of the Orange County Register. He won the team’s ‘Hit of the Year’ in 2002, and was also featured on the track.
Cason’s activities outside of soccer show him to be a well-rounded person, his likes include dogs, PS2, exercise, and monthly church usher duties. I see Cason as a safe first-round pick and possibly the first CB on the board. He reminds me of the less physical UA student Chris McCalister, but I’d say that at this point in his progression, he’s a better cover corner than Chris Mac.