With the No. 24 overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers have selected former Stanford Cardinal guard David DeCastro. DeCastro was considered by many, including Mocking the Draft, to be the top guard in the draft.
Here's what Mocking the Draft had to say about DeCastro prior to the draft:
Technique: Will get upright at times and lose leverage causing him to get pushed back in the pocket. If DeCastro learns to play lower and add some strength in his legs, he can become an elite guard in the NFL. His other technical areas — hand work, arm extension, keeping active eyes on the move — are flawless.
Final word: As good of a guard prospect as there has been in years. DeCastro is quick off the line of scrimmage, which helps him get under defensive linemen. He knows how to properly use his hands to keep defenders away. Instinctive against the pass rush. Plays with a nasty disposition.
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