GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Andrew Luck #12 and David DeCastro #52 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate after Luck threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz #86 in the third quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Stanford David DeCastro appears to be the top interior lineman available in the 2012 NFL Draft.
While left tackle Matt Kalil seems to be everyone's pick as the top offensive lineman to be picked in the 2012 NFL Draft, it's looking like Stanford David DeCastro could be the frist interior lineman taken. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound guard is considered the seventh best overall prospect by Mocking the Draft and he was the No. 9 pick in the latest SB Nation Mock Draft. Here's what we said about DeCastro in explaining his selection by the Miami Dolphins in the mock draft:
Miami could use help on their offensive line. In the middle, Vernon Carey and Richie Incognito struggled with injuries as well as something called blocking. DeCastro has the makings of a truly elite guard, the kind that get $50 million contracts. With DeCastro, the Phins would even be on the hook for a lot less than that thanks to a budget-friendly new rookie salary schedule. Trading up, perhaps?
It's not hard to find things to like about DeCastro. For starters, he was one of the anchors on an offensive line that allowed quarterback Andrew Luck to be sacked just 11 times in 13 games this year. He's considered a top prospect with few, if any, glaring flaws in his game.