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Casillas and Pressley: from undrafted to starting?

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Over at ESPN.com, Len Pasquarelli has an article about Russell Allen, a linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars who was undrafted in 2009 but went on to play in all 16 games with five starts.

In a sidebar, Pasquarelli lists five players who also went undrafted in 2009 but could contend for starting gigs in 2010. Of the five on the list, two are former Badgers: linebacker Jonathan Casillas of New Orleans and fullback Chris Pressley of Tampa Bay.

On Casillas, Pasquarelli wrote, "The departure of veteran Scott Fujita in free agency opens up the starting weakside spot for the defending Super Bowl champs, and the former Wisconsin star could compete for the vacancy. Untested Jo-Lonn Dunbar is the favorite, but Casillas should push him. Casillas appeared in 11 games in 2009 and started the final two, posting 17 tackles in those two outings."

On Pressley, "Originally signed by Cincinnati, Pressley was subsequently acquired by the Bucs off the Bengals' practice squad. He started in three of his seven appearances for the Bucs and had only one carry (for zero yards) and one reception (for two yards), but the former Wisconsin standout is a selfless blocker who fits the fullback mode. Current starter Earnest Graham is more of a tailback-type who might be a questionable fit at fullback."

Read: Russell Allen a rare undrafted gem

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