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Pittsburgh Steelers Select David DeCastro in First Round of 2012 NFL Draft

In the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Stanford University guard David DeCastro with the 24th overall pick.

This selection made it obvious that upgrading the offensive line was a major priority, and Pittsburgh made an excellent choice in doing so. The 6’4”, 316-pound DeCastro will add much needed protection for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, as well as more running lanes for the Steelers’ ground attack.

A lot of people didn’t expect the 2011 unanimous All-America selection and two-time first-team Pac-12 selection to be on the draft board once the Steelers were on the clock. Personally, I though that DeCastro would have been gone much sooner, and that Pittsburgh would have selected Cordy Glenn out of the University of Georgia. However, a player of DeCastro’s level was something that general manager Kevin Colbert couldn’t ignore. Here’s what Colbert said to the Steelers’ official website after selecting DeCastro:

“Really, we didn’t think David would be there at No. 24,” said Colbert. “We valued him very high. As we said the other day, there were a few special players in this group that we thought would be easy to evaluate, and he was one of them.”

Head coach Mike Tomlin had mutual feelings about their first-round choice, and felt that he would be a perfect fit for the offense. Here’s Tomlin’s statement to Pittsburgh’s site:

“He played right guard in Stanford’s offense, and everything we would ask him to do you saw him do at Stanford, whether it was pulling or pass protection in the play-action game.”

DeCastro was one of only two players out of Stanford to be selected in the first round, joining fellow Cardinal Andrew Luck who went first overall to the Indianapolis Colts.

Current Pittsburgh Steelers players seem to be very happy with the arrival of their new teammate, and had welcoming words to their new rookie. Veteran safety Ryan Clark tweeted this message after Pittsburgh’s first-round selection:

“Well, there you go! We have out guy. From Luck to Lucky number 7! Protect Big man protect! Welcome Mr. Decastro”

The Steelers have many positions to cater to this offseason, but I really do believe that concentrating on the offensive line was a very smart move, and a much-needed move. Pittsburgh is now definitely headed in the right direction after very little activity earlier this offseason.

 

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