As the postseason all-star circuit ramps up, Indiana linebacker Aaron Casey has been invited to participate in the East/West Shrine Game.
Indiana football did not have many bright spots in 2023; Casey was one of those bright spots. The Georgia native has had his fair share of accolades and accomplishments in his final season in Bloomington. In addition to his East/West Shrine Game invite, he was an All-Big Ten First Team selection.
Not only was Casey was the best defender in the Big Ten, he was also one of the best linebackers in the country. He was second in the Big Ten and fifth in the country in solo tackles (78), sixth in the Big Ten in total tackles (109), and he led the Big Ten in tackles for loss (20). Casey was also second in the Big Ten in forced fumbles (3) and seventh in sacks (6.5).
Casey's 109 tackles are the most by a Hoosier since Tegray Scales had 126 in 2016. His 20 tackles for loss are fourth most in school history and the most since Scales had 23.5 also in 2016. He was a multiple time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week this season.
Aaron Casey as an NFL Draft Prospect
Players like Casey tend to stick to NFL rosters because of their reliability. He might not have all of the measurables, but he has excellent instincts and always knows where the football is. He might not have the highest of ceilings, but he's played much football and knows what he's doing on the field.
Casey is a scheme fit. He'd be most effective in a 3-4 defense as an inside linebacker. What makes him a viable prospect is his ability to tackle in space and in coverage. He doesn't miss many tackles but can get lost in heavy traffic in the run game.