Castleman Appears Heading To Green Bay

Oklahoma State fans are very loyal to defensive tackle James Castleman and for good reason as Castleman has been a tremendous influence on the program as a player and a teammate since arriving from Amarillo, Texas.

Last season Castleman had 45 tackles, 30 unassisted, 8.0 tackles for losses, 3.5 sacks, an interception, and was tied for the national lead in blocked kicks. It was hoped he would be drafted but he reported to us Sunday morning that it looks like he will go to Green Bay as a rookie minicamp attendee.

If anyone can make it as a free agent, like Tyler Patmon did a year ago in Dallas, then Castleman is the guy.

We are also expecting something similar to happen for Castleman's partner at starting defensive tackle in Ofa Hautau. The word was scouts really liked Hautau's ability to hold a gap with his substantial strength.

He finished last season with 30 total tackles, 22 unassisted, 4.0 tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks, and a blocked kick. We reached out but did not hear back from Hautau.

Now in a slight surprise, punter Kip Smith signed a rookie free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith, known for his ability to directionally punt the football, had 81 punts last season for an average of 41.8 yards per kick. The best part of that was that only 25 of those 81 punts were returned and the average was just 3.2 yards a return. OSU was one of the national leaders in net punting.

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