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2015 NFL DRAFT

David DeCastro, OG

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 316 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1011
Latest News
04/30/2012 - For a general manager who claims he picks players not for needs but for wants, Kevin Colbert certainly filled plenty of needs in this draft. The Steelers' two biggest needs were offensive guards and tackles and, voila, that's what they took in the first two rounds. Their next biggest needs were inside linebacker and nose tackle and that's what they drafted in the third and fourth rounds. Rashard Mendenhall's laid up by ACL surgery, so a running back came in the fifth round. Overall, it appears the Steelers not only filled needs but did so with quality picks. They got the best guard in the draft in David DeCastro, and a tackle in the second round whom they gave a first-round grade, Mike Adams. Colbert made a nifty move by trading Pittsburgh's sixth-rounder to move 10 spots up in the fourth round and take Alameda Ta'Amu, the purest 3-4 nose tackle available. BEST PICK: Guard David DeCastro: The Steelers may have gotten a Maurkice Pouncey-like value pick, getting the best guard in the draft at No. 24. It just so happens to fill their biggest need and with DeCastro's experience and talent, he should start quickly. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Steelers No. 1 pick, guard David DeCastro of Stanford, went up against No. 4 pick, nose tackle Alameda Ta'Amu of Washington in a Pac 12 game last season. DeCastro won handily. "When you go against DeCastro, you feel his presence," Ta'Amu said. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 1/24 -- David DeCastro, G, 6-5, 316, Stanford...The Steelers need guards with two undrafted players penciled in as their starters. Now, they can erase one by plugging DeCastro in as their starting right guard, where he started three years at Stanford. He had 316 knockdowns and 68 touchown-resulting blocks at Stanford. His consistency grade was 96.88 percent, highest by any lineman in Pac-12 history. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - "Everything we would ask him to do you saw him do at Stanford, whether it was pulling or pass protection," Tomlin said. "He's a tough guy, he has a lot of attributes we think will help our football team." Colbert said they got "everything you could ask for in a football player." DeCastro started the past three seasons at right guard in Stanford's pro style offense and left with one year of eligibility. Tomlin said he will consider him at right guard or left in order for him to put the best guards in the lineup. He likely will remain at right guard, though, and if Foster beats out Legursky, he will be the one to move to the left side. "If they're ready and capable and earn it, they play," Tomlin said. "That's always been our approach. It's the overall readiness of the individual player." Colbert came away from DeCastro's pro day at Stanford figuring the Steelers had no chance at drafting him. "It solidified what we thought," Colberet said. "It scared us a bit because he worked out so well we didn't think we'd get a shot at him." Colbert said when it came near their turn, they were confident they would get a good player because "There were several players still available, again surprisingly, for us but David was the guy. He's great at the line of scrimmage, he can pull, he can trap, he's a solid pass protector. Really, the kid is good." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 24. Pittsburgh Steelers: OG David DeCastro, Stanford -- The top-ranked interior lineman in the draft, DeCastro is more skilled coming out of college than Alan Faneca, a longtime fan favorite at left guard. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Pittsburgh's biggest need was filled in the biggest way when they drafted Stanford guard David DeCastro with the 24th choice in the first round. And they thanked their lucky stars. He was ranked by most as the best guard in the draft and many saw him as a top 15 pick. The Steelers considered trying to move up from No. 24 to go get him, but held their ground, possibly because they could not find a team willing to trade. It turned into good fortune all the way around. "Really," general manager Kevin Colbert said, "we didn't think David would be there at 24 quite honestly. We valued him that high." The Steelers have been searching for a top-flight guard ever since Alan Faneca left and joined the Jets following the 2007 season. Chris Kemoeatu was their best, but coach Mike Tomlin benched him midway through his fourth year starting in 2011 because of his poor play. Before the draft, the Steelers penciled in as starters two undrafted players, Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster. Trai Essex was the only veteran with any experience behind them. DeCastro (6-5, 316) becomes the third high offensive lineman selected by the Steelers in the past three years after they ignored linemen on the first two rounds since early this century. They drafted center Maurkice Pouncey in the first round in 2010 and tackle Marcus Gilbert second round in 2011. Both started as rookies, as DeCastro is expected to do next season. - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 6. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford*: In terms of consistent dominance, there hasn't been an offensive or defensive lineman I've graded higher thus far this season than DeCastro. Only the fact that he plays guard may keep him out of the top half of the first round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/03/2012 - Jones said the Cowboys did so well in free agency they will be open to pretty much anything in the draft, including selecting a premier player at 14 or trading out of the pick. "Because of how well we did in free agency, we will be able to draft or trade," Jones said. "In other words, we could easily have a situation that's in our best interest but if you just had to have that safety or that offensive lineman, you might not have been able to make a trade you wanted to make and go down. Or possibly go up. So my point is, free agency helped us normally, purely look at how we can best improve the personnel on this team through the draft, whether it be trading or just picking the player. Not a luxury, but picking the player." And because the team signed two guards who they like and believe can start, Jones said the Cowboys are inclined not to pick up a guard in the first round and will likely focus on defense with a cornerback, safety, linebacker or defensive lineman. Stanford guard David DeCastro has been a popular pick for the Cowboys at 14. "We probably wouldn't prefer (to take an offensive lineman)," Jones said. I wouldn't. That would keep us from maybe having to pick a top player there in the first round on the offensive line. It did it both ways. It left us totally flexible there. You might want to move down and pick up a player that's going to be there rather than being at your 14th -- you might not have been able to do that had you not had the success that we had in free agency." - The Sports Xchange

04/02/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: *David DeCastro, Stanford, 6-5, 316...Stanford's pro-style offense has prepared DeCastro to plug-and-play in an NFL line. He has already earned comparisons to some of the greatest guards in recent NFL history. Stanford coach David Shaw compared him to former All-Pro Raider Steve Wisniewski, whom Shaw also coached. DeCastro is one reason Stanford averaged more than 200 yards rushing per game for the past two years, and he is easily the top guard prospect in this draft. DeCastro plays with a solid base, necessary aggression and knows how to use his hands to control defenders. His mobility is especially impressive when he pulls and leads through the hole. He also uses those quick feet and great body balance to mirror pass rushers effectively. DeCastro, a finalist for the Outland Trophy as top offensive lineman in the country, is regaled by teammates for his nonstop work ethic both in the weight room and in practice. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/22/2012 - Stanford Pro Day: Other than Luck, the prospect most scouts feel is the safest of Stanford's incredible 2012 draft class is right guard David DeCastro. Tenacious, physical and athletic, DeCastro has earned comparisons to some of the greatest guards in recent NFL history. Stanford head coach David Shaw compared DeCastro to former All-Pro Steve Wisniewski, a man he helped coach while both were with the Raiders. Having participated fully at the Combine, DeCastro spent at least 20 minutes of the early portion of Thursday's workout talking with Cincinnati offensive line coach Paul Alexander - one of eight OL coaches I was told attended the workout. DeCastro's trademark agility and explosiveness were on display during his positional drill. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/25/2012 - Stanford junior guard David DeCastro is the heavy favorite to be the first interior offensive lineman off the board. He said coming out of a pro-style offense has been helpful during his combine interviews with teams. "You come here and a lot of the terminology is the same," he said. While many prospects have admitted to being stressed out over the entire process, DeCastro is taking it in stride. "It's easy for me just talking about football, it's who I am," he said. DeCastro has a prototype build for an NFL guard at 6-5, 316 -- and a 20-inch neck, according to teammate Jonathan Martin, a fellow first-round prospect who said DeCastro has trouble finding shirts that fit. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 9. *David DeCastro, OG, Stanford, 6-5, 312, 1...Stanford's pro-style offense has prepared DeCastro to plug-and-play in somebody's NFL line. He is one reason why Stanford averaged more than 200 yards rushing a game for the last two years and he is easily the top guard prospect in this draft. DeCastro plays with a solid base, necessary aggression and knows how to use his hands to control defenders. His mobility is especially impressive when he pulls and leads through the hole. He also uses those quick feet and great body balance to mirror pass rushers effectively. DeCastro, a finalist for the Outland Trophy as top offensive lineman in the country, is regaled by teammates for his non-stop work ethic both in the weight room and in practice. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/13/2012 - Not since 2001, when Seattle chose Michigan guard Steve Hutchinson with the 17th overall pick and Detroit immediately followed by nabbing tackle Jeff Backus, has a school had two offensive linemen selected in the first round. That will change in three months. The announcements last week from Stanford right guard David DeCastro and left tackle Jonathan Martin, that they will forfeit their final season of eligibility and enter the 2012 draft, all but assures that The Cardinal will have a couple first-round linemen chosen in April. The Andrew Luck bodyguards are both well thought of by league scouts. DeCastro is certainly regarded as the top guard prospect. And even though the guard position was somewhat devalued in the first round for a number of years, it has taken on increased profile the last few drafts. And, in the evaluation of most scouts, DeCastro is an in-line mauler, who is a better pass-blocker than many of the premier guard prospects in the last several drafts. Martin is, at least at this point of the evaluation process, arguably the No. 2-rated tackle prospect, behind only Matt Kalil of USC. "I just think my game fits well (into the NFL), and I was ready to accept the next challenge on the horizon," Martin told The Sports Xchange. "As much as I enjoyed the (college) experience, it was time." - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

12/08/2011 - 2011 OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD FINALIST (BEST INTERIOR LINEMAN): David DeCastro, Stanford, (OG), Jr...DeCastro, who was previously named an AFCA All-American, paved the way for the Cardinal to average 207.9 yards per game on the ground and post a 167.4 pass efficiency rating. Thanks in part to his work as a finalist for the Outland Trophy, opponents managed just nine sacks against the team's offensive line. - Stanford football

12/07/2011 - 2011 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: OL David DeCastro, Sr., Stanford, has been selected to the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association. DeCastro, who is a finalist for the Outland Trophy, helped anchor a Stanford offensive line which allowed just nine sacks this season while paving the way for the Cardinal's running game to average 207.92 yards on the ground. - Stanford football

09/09/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Stanford at Duke, Sept. 10 Duke is 0-1 after losing to FCS Richmond 23-20 at home, and Stanford is 1-0 after beating San Jose State 57-3 at home. The teams have not met since 1972. Duke is picked to finish last in its division of the ACC, and Stanford is picked second in its division of the Pac-12. The Cardinal went 12-1 last season, and the Blue Devils went 3-9. Duke has not had a winning season since 1994. KEYS TO THE GAME: If Stanford's secondary can hold up against the passing attack of Duke QB Sean Renfree, the Cardinal should control the game. Stanford can't afford to let Renfree and his strong arm beat the Cardinal deep for big plays. Offensively, QB Andrew Luck need only have an average game for Stanford to control the game, but his effectiveness will be enhanced if the Cardinal can produce a running game. The Cardinal offensive linemen needs to play better than it did in the opener. Only a bunch of Stanford turnovers should prevent the Cardinal from winning comfortably, so ball security may be the No. 1 priority. - The Sports Xchange

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: David DeCastro, G, Stanford, (1st Team All-Pac 10, anchors OL that gave up 13 sacks), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: David DeCastro, Stanford, G, has been selected one of 65 players named to Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Outland Trophy goes to the best interior lineman in college football, presented annually since 1946 and is the third oldest award in major college football. DeCastro and Jonathan Martin, who both earned first team all-conference honors last season as sophomores, have combined to make 50 starts over the last two seasons in which Stanford has posted a combined record of 20-6. Their play has enabled the Cardinal to post two of the top three rushing marks in school history while allowing quarterback Andrew Luck complete 64.4 percent of his passes and compile a 170.2 passing efficiency rating. Stanford's offensive line has allowed just 13 sacks over the last two seasons. - Stanford football

06/04/2011 - STARS OF 2011: OL David DeCastro/Jonathan Martin - OG DeCastro and OT Martin are two of three returning all-Pac-10 offensive linemen, and they are a major reason Stanford accumulated such amazing offensive numbers. It's unlikely that any school in the country has a better tandem of offensive linemen. - The Sports Xchange

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - For a general manager who claims he picks players not for needs but for wants, Kevin Colbert certainly filled plenty of needs in this draft. The Steelers' two biggest needs were offensive guards and tackles and, voila, that's what they took in the first two rounds. Their next biggest needs were inside linebacker and nose tackle and that's what they drafted in the third and fourth rounds. Rashard Mendenhall's laid up by ACL surgery, so a running back came in the fifth round. Overall, it appears the Steelers not only filled needs but did so with quality picks. They got the best guard in the draft in David DeCastro, and a tackle in the second round whom they gave a first-round grade, Mike Adams. Colbert made a nifty move by trading Pittsburgh's sixth-rounder to move 10 spots up in the fourth round and take Alameda Ta'Amu, the purest 3-4 nose tackle available. BEST PICK: Guard David DeCastro: The Steelers may have gotten a Maurkice Pouncey-like value pick, getting the best guard in the draft at No. 24. It just so happens to fill their biggest need and with DeCastro's experience and talent, he should start quickly. - The Sports Xchange

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