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Steelers stop David DeCastro’s slippage at 24th pick

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Stanford guard David DeCastro is another player who was available significantly later than most of the draft prognosticators anticipated. Once regarded as a virtual lock for the top-13 selections, DeCastro slipped to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pick at No. 24.

DeCastro fits Pittsburgh’s mentality on the offensive line. He is a beastly run blocker at 6-foot-5, 316, and was one of college football’s most decorated linemen. Blocking for No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, DeCastro garnered first-team All-American honors in 2011. He started 39 career games at Stanford, never missing a game and earning All-Pac 12 accolades each year.

DeCastro will start at right guard in Week One for the Steelers.

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49 Responses to “Steelers stop David DeCastro’s slippage at 24th pick”
  1. eaglesw00t says: Apr 26, 2012 10:28 PM

    Great pick. Very lucky he lasted.

  2. beatjoeunibrow says: Apr 26, 2012 10:29 PM

    I believe I can safely speak for Pittsburgh fans everywhere when I say….


  3. Deb says: Apr 26, 2012 10:29 PM

    Thank goodness!!! Exactly what we needed. Can’t believe this guy was available at 24. DeCastro’s technique is killer. Perfect pick for us. GO STEELERS!!

    Breaks my heart to see two Alabama players go to other teams in our division, but so proud of Bama’s showing in round one. ROLL TIDE!!

  4. arizonahusker says: Apr 26, 2012 10:31 PM

    Fits like a glove in Pittsburgh. Him and Pouncey together ???? Wow!

    Need to bring more youth to their D, but you can’t say no to DeCastro.

  5. juststeel says: Apr 26, 2012 10:31 PM

    Perfect Steeler, all pro 5 years

  6. free2lay says: Apr 26, 2012 10:33 PM

    Great PICK! that’s why the ran the pick to the podium.

  7. johnniestallworth says: Apr 26, 2012 10:33 PM

    Maybe left guard depending on whether Foster stays put.

    LT Marcus Gilbert
    LG David DeCastro
    C Maurkice Pouncey
    RG Ramon Foster
    RT Willie Colon

    Doug Legursky 6th man G/C

    Finally looking like a decent line again.

  8. erniecohen says: Apr 26, 2012 10:33 PM

    Any reason for his drop? PIT fans are dancing in the streets.

  9. dietrich43 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:35 PM

    Just like last year, Pittsburgh knew who they wanted and handed in the pick quickly.

  10. outlawshark says: Apr 26, 2012 10:36 PM

    Steelers fans, celebrate.

  11. gasteelers211 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:37 PM

    Good pick…

  12. rexismybff says: Apr 26, 2012 10:38 PM

    The last time the Steelers had the top guard in football, Alan Faneca blew open the right side of the Seahawks’ d-line, and Fast Willie Parker streaked through for the longest TD run in Super Bowl history – the game winner on that day.

    Enjoy your new home, Mr. DeCastro.

  13. mjkelly77 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:38 PM

    Great pick for the Steelers. I like both Riley Reiff and David Decastro. Surprised they were both around at picks 23 and 24.

  14. ko49 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:40 PM

    Love the pick. Smart dude from great school with great QB in a Pro system. Alan Faneca 2.0. Be a stud for the next 10 yrs.

  15. 7thlombardiontheway says: Apr 26, 2012 10:41 PM

    Welcome to our greatness. We have deemed you worthy.

  16. holeinone09 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:43 PM

    Yes yes yes YEEESSSSSSS!!! Thank you for being there. Exactly what they needed. Very happy.


  17. randomcommenter says: Apr 26, 2012 10:44 PM

    Biggest steal of the first round. Steelers stay put and capitalize on teams reaching for boom or bust pass rushers to get the best G in the draft by a mile.

  18. reachers87 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:49 PM

    Great pick. O-line is now set with Colon, Decastro, Pouncey, Legursky, and Gilbert.

  19. goldsteel says: Apr 26, 2012 10:53 PM

    A top pick for the Steelers offensive line. An upgrade with both skill and attitude. A consistent offense will help the defense.


  20. psgrlinco says: Apr 26, 2012 10:58 PM

    Welcome to Steeler Nation! So glad he dropped!

  21. emcsteel says: Apr 26, 2012 11:07 PM

    Hated hightower heading to patsies but this is a great pik. Our line is gonna b tight next yr. Great fit. Ben can add a few more lives to his career.

  22. peterozelle says: Apr 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    Such as the city of Pittsburgh. Rarely sexy. Mostly misunderstood. They know exactly who they are. Winners – and you can’t argue that.

  23. blacknyellablacknyella says: Apr 26, 2012 11:09 PM

    Yeah, you know what it is!!!!!! Steelers always grab a stud in the first-round. just like that, offensive line is majorly upgraded (and young). Nice group being put together with Pouncey, Gilbert, and DeCastro.

  24. smodelrsx says: Apr 26, 2012 11:11 PM

    As a Steelers fan, DeCastro was the number one player on my board. Very surprised he fell to us at 24. Hell yeah!

  25. Deb says: Apr 26, 2012 11:13 PM

    Thank goodness!!! Exactly what we needed. Can’t believe this guy was available at 24. DeCastro’s technique is killer. Perfect pick for us. GO STEELERS!!

    Breaks my heart to see two Alabama players go to other teams in our division, but so proud of Bama’s showing in round one. ROLL TIDE!!

  26. agc99 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:14 PM

    Get another guard in the second round.

  27. originalsteelcurtain says: Apr 26, 2012 11:29 PM

    The next Steve Hutchinson @ #24?

    Absolute steal!

  28. jackericsson says: Apr 26, 2012 11:31 PM

    To everyone grading this draft: go ahead and give the Steelers anything less than an A+. The Steelers rarely go outside for free agents and yet have the best record in the last 15 years and third best in last 10. And won 2 of 3 recent Super Bowls! So we keep winning with our own! Decastro now adds to it! So keep disrespecting Colbert. We’ll just keep winning. Write about the Cowboys And others in April while you write about Steeler Nation in January and February! Steelers Nation is coming to a your stadium soon!

  29. johnniestallworth says: Apr 26, 2012 11:33 PM

    Tomlin did say DeCastro will play RG.

    Foster, then, will shift to LG.

  30. steel2372 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:34 PM

    Welcome to the Steelers! Cannot believe he dropped but im glad he did!

  31. redguy12588 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:38 PM

    What a steal.

  32. jerrycola says: Apr 26, 2012 11:45 PM

    The Steelers get players like DeCastro because they take advantage of other team’s stupid picks (see the Browns with Weeden).

  33. st1llerz1 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:50 PM

    I started a mini-countdown about 5 picks before the Steelers came on the board and about did a backflip when the pick before our was announced without DeCastro’s name being uttered.

    This is AWESOME!!! Exactly what we needed. A NASTY guard to blow open holes for running backs for the next 10 years.

    I don’t think Steelers management thought there was any way this guy would still be on the board, but I know they couldn’t get that card to the podium fast enough!

    I am SOOOOOOO psyched!


  34. atleastwehavecavs says: Apr 26, 2012 11:59 PM

    As a former Browns fan,until tonight, great pick up! I thought he was a no brainer pick for the Browns but apparently a 29 year old rookie qb who is going to get rocked by the steelers was more important to thier future success as a clueless team.

  35. pharxity95 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:03 AM

    re: jackericsson… Wow. You really think the Steelers are a disrespected team in the media? I feel like you missed the boat on complaining about that by about a decade. Everyone knows that DeCastro was rated higher than where he was drafted, which should make him a nice add for the Steelers. Your decision to list your team’s record over the past decade an a half seems pointless though. Nobody is about to judge your team’s draft picks by their previous 15-year record. Hell, if we can just take a random sample size of games and use that as proof that our team had a good draft, my reigning Super Bowl Champion Giants, undefeated in the 2011 playoffs, 4-0, 1.000% winning percentage, who generally don’t sign big free agents, drafted someone today, and he will subsequently be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in a decade or 2….

  36. clayton43 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:33 AM

    This is already a great draft for Steeler Nation.. The best guard in the draft !! We were not going to take one until round 2 but since DeCastro was there had to take him even though Hightower I believe was who they were targeting with the pick but I will gladly take it !! We could still take another guard/tackle with 2nd pick and our line would be set for years moving Foster/ Legursky where they belong which is solid backups… round 3 ILB/NT/ S as backups before moving into starting roles… Well played Steelers… well played!!

  37. tedmurph says: Apr 27, 2012 1:26 AM

    It’ll be interesting to see how things play out. Decastro was a need player vs. Hightower. Can’t argue with Colbert’s track record, but as a Pats fan I’m thrilled.

  38. jollyrob68 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:27 AM

    The Steel of The Draft. Outstanding. Thanks to Miami,Seattle and the teams that took WR. Teams that traded back and Detroit for wanting Reiff.

  39. CKL says: Apr 27, 2012 1:40 AM

    Another 1st round, another surefire great player for Pitt. Good job for them!

  40. walkinginthewasteland says: Apr 27, 2012 2:02 AM

    yo pharxity95, dont strain yourself patting yourself on the back, or blow out your left wrist with that intense stroking motion…

  41. couldntthinkofaname says: Apr 27, 2012 6:01 AM

    Not a Steeler fan, but I am a huge fan of that front office. Year after year it makes great picks.

    Just amazing. Once again, Pitt, nicely done.

  42. sudz28 says: Apr 27, 2012 6:25 AM


  43. dickroy says: Apr 27, 2012 7:41 AM

    What a great pick. Just confirms my confidence in the Steelers organization. DeCastro should help what has been our weakest unit for years.
    If Pouncey can stay healthy and Gilbert improves, this will give us a solid O-Line.

    Got him without moving up. Just great!! Just what I was hoping for.

  44. ballsohardu says: Apr 27, 2012 11:09 AM

    He dropped because no
    Body values guards. Tell me last time a guard was a top 10 pick…. Doesnt happen

  45. dickroy says: Apr 27, 2012 11:44 AM

    I know Alan Faneca was drafted by the Steelers in the first round in 98 and he sure was valued. That worked out.

  46. jackericsson says: Apr 27, 2012 2:41 PM

    As Colbert said, maybe more teams should value guards. It works for the Steelers. Emulate that,

  47. eggersthejerk says: Apr 27, 2012 3:37 PM

    Solid pick, I have to admit.

    Now all they need to do is replace the other 3 OL guys, other than Pouncey.

  48. steel2372 says: Apr 27, 2012 9:38 PM

    Awesome pick!!! Steelers are really making an effort to repair that offensive line and this is a great start. This kid is a great player with a nasty demeanor just what the Offense needs

  49. discosucs2005 says: Apr 28, 2012 5:10 AM

    Watched him play at Stanford, and there’s no other way to put it; he’s solid all the way around.

    The thing that makes him a great pick for Pitt is he’s a smart player. He’ll probably be able to adapt to whatever crazy thing Roethlisberger is doing.

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