The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft arrives on Thursday. The Cincinnati Bengals possess two first-round draft picks and many have projected that the team would use one of them to select talented Stanford Cardinal guard David DeCastro.
Josh Kirkendall at Cincy Jungle breaks down what to expect from the Bengals during the three days of the draft. One of his points touches upon whether the team will opt to pass on DeCastro, should the guard still be available when Cincinnati's turns come up.
PASSING ON DECASTRO? If Stanford Guard David DeCastro is available at either No. 17 or No. 21, we're not projecting front office to pull the trigger. There's three reasons. Cincinnati likely believes (they believe, not us) that they did enough during free agency to settle the need to select a guard in the first round. And despite the animosity growing regarding the argument, the Cincinnati Bengals have never selected an offensive guard in the first-round during their 40-plus-year history. We'd absolutely welcome the change, to be honest. We just don't expect them to. And more than a handful of front office personnel, especially former executives like Bill Polian, argue that guards are rarely worth first-round selections.
On Thursday night, we will find out whether the situation will arise. It is possible DeCastro may be off the board before the Bengals' turn arrives.