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55BaileyFan
04-26-2012, 09:19 PM
HE IS COMING, AWESOME!

Our line just got a whole lot better!

Hawaii 5-0
04-26-2012, 09:22 PM
I could not possibly be happier! :tt02:

Raw Steel
04-26-2012, 09:22 PM
The next Alan Faneca. He will be a fixture for a decade. The Steelers have to be thrilled he fell this far. I know I am.

kan_t
04-26-2012, 09:22 PM
I'm so happy that I want to shout in the office!

Steelersfan87
04-26-2012, 09:25 PM
Oh my ****ing god. Wow.

Gilbert - DeCastro - Pouncey - Foster - Colon

kan_t
04-26-2012, 09:26 PM
Now I understand dream can really come true.

casteeler
04-26-2012, 09:27 PM
Perfect!!! Someone who can start and make a difference immediately :tt02:

finesward
04-26-2012, 09:27 PM
Perfect example of when need and bpa are both there. Another slam dunk by steelers fo

JCPsteelers
04-26-2012, 09:27 PM
Great pick Colbert. This guy is tough, smart and can pull. Awesome pick.

GMU Steeler
04-26-2012, 09:27 PM
Great job by the FO with the pick and playing their cards right here.

DoctorCAD
04-26-2012, 09:27 PM
Ben is "rubbing one out" as we speak!!!!!

What a shock of a pick. I actually cheered just like a Ben to Ward TD!

illmatic
04-26-2012, 09:27 PM
Very happy with the pick! Have heard great things about DeCastro

illmatic
04-26-2012, 09:28 PM
Also pretty happy that Hightower didn't end up with the Ravens :)

fujirama24
04-26-2012, 09:28 PM
It's beautiful man.

rthorsn
04-26-2012, 09:29 PM
I can't believe this? I watched live and still don't believe this! We are starting to get a REAL line!! Big Ben must be the happiest guy EVER!

cloppbeast
04-26-2012, 09:30 PM
All of the sudden, our offensive line looks like a strength rather than a liability.

Hawaii 5-0
04-26-2012, 09:31 PM
Great job by the FO with the pick and playing their cards right here.


it's easy to play your cards right when you're dealt a Royal Flush! :tt02:

casteeler
04-26-2012, 09:31 PM
Ben is "rubbing one out" as we speak!!!!!

What a shock of a pick. I actually cheered just like a Ben to Ward TD!

Lmao. Yes he is!!!!

Steel_Bus_24
04-26-2012, 09:32 PM
He is one Nasty Mofo....

I had my heart set on Hightower, but didn't realistically think we could get a Talent like DeCastro with a late 1st rounder


Now if could just land a gem NT....

Pentheon
04-26-2012, 09:33 PM
:) big improvement already, gj colbert

Bluedust
04-26-2012, 09:34 PM
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GMU Steeler
04-26-2012, 09:34 PM
it's easy to play your cards right when you're dealt a Royal Flush! :tt02:

Heh true. I am just amazed he fell. Anyhow Bengals just went with Zeitler.

SteelerinSevern
04-26-2012, 09:34 PM
unbelievable. im so pleased with the fo right now.

FrancoLambert
04-26-2012, 09:34 PM
:applaudit: :tt04: :tt02: :tt03::tt03:
Just what we needed, a bonafide stud guard.
Our weakest link is immediately improved, love the idea he's a mauler.
Lucked out big time with him dropping so far.
Off to a good start, let's hope for more.

GameTime55
04-26-2012, 09:35 PM
Very happy with the pick. Was planning before the draft it was going to be Glenn because Decastro would be gone already.

great job.

dyce23
04-26-2012, 09:36 PM
Absolutely ecstatic with this pick! I am so glad we've fixed our O-Line. Maybe we can even get one more guard in the second. If not, I'm perfectly fine with what we already have. I feel SO much better about one of our "weaknesses" now.

GMU Steeler
04-26-2012, 09:37 PM
I think we go ILB or DT in Rd 2. Great start to the draft.

QCbeauBlak
04-26-2012, 09:38 PM
I am speechless.. stunned. What a GREAT PICK!!!!

Colbert, Tomlin, you are proving to me that you recognize need and not too prideful to make big changes. New OC, a solid 1st round lineman. I am so happy to be a Steelers fan right now. :tt04::tt04::tt04:

StainlessStill
04-26-2012, 09:39 PM
I think I just ejaculated all over myself. I had David DeCastro in the first 10-15 picks and he fell to number 24 to the Steelers. WOW. Can't be more happy than that if you're a Steelers fan. Sick and tired of seeing Ben get destroyed. DeCastro WILL BE our starting right guard at week one. We got Pouncey at center, Gilbert at LT and now DeCastro at RG. Rebuilding the O-line is a must. Great pick for the Steelers all around.

finesward
04-26-2012, 09:40 PM
Another sign they don't intend on breaking the.bank for Wallace. Said it before...one guy away from making the line a strength and you no longer need a guy like wallace stretching the.field. running game will be better and whoever is playing wr will benefit.

JCPsteelers
04-26-2012, 09:42 PM
I think I just ejaculated all over myself. I had David DeCastro in the first 10-15 picks and he fell to number 24 to the Steelers. WOW. Can't be more happy than that if you're a Steelers fan. Sick and tired of seeing Ben get destroyed. DeCastro WILL BE our starting right guard at week one. We got Pouncey at center, Gilbert at LT and now DeCastro at RG. Rebuilding the O-line is a must. Great pick for the Steelers all around.


DeCastro could be our LG.


Gilbert, DeCastro, Pouncey, Foster, Colon

tony hipchest
04-26-2012, 09:44 PM
ive got the official nickname-

Decastrator

POWER G baby!

you heard it here first.

GMU Steeler
04-26-2012, 09:44 PM
DeCastro could be our LG.


Gilbert, DeCastro, Pouncey, Foster, Colon

That blind side oh man.

StainlessStill
04-26-2012, 09:45 PM
DeCastro could be our LG.


Gilbert, DeCastro, Pouncey, Foster, Colon

Whichever. Even better. Either way, our offensive line just kicked it up a notch.:tt04:

rthorsn
04-26-2012, 09:45 PM
Tomlin and Colbert said he will stay on the Right Side. So we have a LT, Center, RG, and I guess RT

Steelersfan87
04-26-2012, 09:47 PM
I'd rather he play left so he can pull right, but whatever. I actually thought Foster looked better at LG.

TheVet
04-26-2012, 09:47 PM
The news is so incredibly good, I joined these forums just to shout! Oh God, Arians is gone, and we have an OG #1! I'm in heaven.

End the jailbreaks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vindrow
04-26-2012, 09:48 PM
This draft could not have gone any better for teh Steelers.

That O-Line just got 1000 times better.


Ben's reaction to getting DeCastro:

http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/7872/benroethlisberger21.jpg

:tt04::tt02::tt::tt03:

Hawaii 5-0
04-26-2012, 09:48 PM
Steelers stop David DeCastro’s slippage at 24th pick

Posted by Evan Silva on April 26, 2012


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.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/26/steelers-stop-david-decastros-slippage-at-24th-pick/

Steel_Bus_24
04-26-2012, 09:48 PM
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GMU Steeler
04-26-2012, 09:49 PM
Steelers stop David DeCastro’s slippage at 24th pick

Posted by Evan Silva on April 26, 2012


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.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/26/steelers-stop-david-decastros-slippage-at-24th-pick/

Gotta love that durability too. Can't believe he fell this far.

Acerinox
04-26-2012, 09:49 PM
After watching 1,000 drafts where there's a run on O-Line... What just happened there?

I had DeCastro dead-cert top 10 in talent terms even without the usual OL premium.

It's been such a weird draft and WE BENEFIT!

Raw Steel
04-26-2012, 09:58 PM
Read the big board for Rob Rang. He had DeCastro the #6 player overall. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/blog/rob-rang/18824798/my-final-big-board-the-top-100-players-of-the-2012-nfl-draft

Hawaii 5-0
04-26-2012, 09:59 PM
Steelers opt for Stanford guard in 1st round of NFL Draft

By Scott Brown
Tribune-Review

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012


DAVID DECASTRO

College: Stanford

Year: Junior

Position: OG

Height: 6-5

Weight: 316

Notables: The Steelers were in great need of a guard with undrafted free agents Ramon Foster and Doug Legursky penciled in at the position. … Is an excellent run-blocker. … Was the top-rated guard in the draft. … Was projected to go in the top 10 in the draft. … Is the second offensive lineman to be selected in the first round by the Steelers in three years. … Strength is pulling. … The first time they selected a guard in the first round since Kendall Simmons in 2002. … Started all 39 games he played in at right guard. … Finished he career with 316 knockdowns, 68 touchdown-resulting blocks and a blocking consistency grade of 91 percent. … Was a first-team All-American by NFL Draft Report

The Steelers didn’t just address their offensive line Thursday night when they took Stanford’s David DeCastro with the 24th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

They added the player considered the best guard in the draft as well as one of its safest players.

The Steelers patiently waited as DeCastro, who had been widely projected as a top-15 pick, fell to them. They passed on a number of players who could have helped them at other positions of need, including Alabama inside linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

DeCastro bolsters the interior of the Steelers’ offensive line, and he should challenge for a starting job in his first season. Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster are the incumbents at left and right guard, respectively, but each made the Steelers as undrafted free agents.

The Steelers have taken an offensive lineman with two of their past three first-round picks, as they selected Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey 18th overall in 2010. They used their second-round pick last year on Marcus Gilbert, who started 14 games at right tackle.

The Steelers are slated to make two more picks tonight when the NFL Draft resumes. They have one pick in the second round (No. 56 overall) and another in the third (No. 86).

Providing better protection for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who celebrated his 30th birthday in March, has become a priority for the Steelers. Roethlisberger has been sacked no fewer than 40 times every season that he has played 15 games.

Roethlisberger sustained a badly sprained ankle against the Browns in December. The injury caused him to miss a game and limited his mobility the rest of the season.

DeCastro is the first guard the Steelers have taken in the first round since Kendall Simmons in 2002, and the 6-foot-5, 316-pounder has drawn comparisons to former perennial All-Pro Alan Faneca.

The Steelers have taken nine offensive linemen since 2007. That is the position they have addressed the most since Mike Tomlin’s first season as head coach.

DeCastro started all 39 games he played at right guard, and he was one of the top protectors of Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick.

Read more: Steelers opt for Stanford guard in 1st round of NFL Draft | TribLIVE | Pittsburgh http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1109687-85/steelers-decastro-guard-round-draft-offensive-pick-season-nfl-overall#ixzz1tCLW9RFi

Steel_Bus_24
04-26-2012, 10:02 PM
Oh Yeah Man we got such tremendous value

I never even really allowed myself to believe we had any shot.....an whenever I did it was always with a "what would we have to give up"

Bluedust
04-26-2012, 10:10 PM
http://i.imgur.com/o1a3u.gif

tony hipchest
04-26-2012, 10:10 PM
Scott Brown‏@ScottBrown_TribReply

DeCastro, a Washington native, grew up rooting for the Seahawks and rooted for them in Super Bowl XL.

TRH
04-26-2012, 10:13 PM
GREAT pick!! We need to keep Ben on his feet.

Although it was painful to see us have to pass on Hightower, who was a born Steeler, (then see NE promptly jump all over him..), but i'm happy with the pick. I don't think the Steelers had any clue he would still be available. Did you see how fast they made the pick? Goodell was walking up to the podium within 2 minutes.

Bluedust
04-26-2012, 10:13 PM
Scott Brown‏@ScottBrown_TribReply

DeCastro, a Washington native, grew up rooting for the Seahawks and rooted for them in Super Bowl XL.


Uhhh, and if I grew up in Washington I'd root for the Seahawks too.

I feel since this is a mod it's a meta-troll but you never know anymore.

Hawaii 5-0
04-26-2012, 10:13 PM
Scott Brown‏@ScottBrown_TribReply

DeCastro, a Washington native, grew up rooting for the Seahawks and rooted for them in Super Bowl XL.



I forgive him...:tt02:

GMU Steeler
04-26-2012, 10:16 PM
GREAT pick!! We need to keep Ben on his feet.

Although it was painful to see us have to pass on Hightower, who was a born Steeler, (then see NE promptly jump all over him..), but i'm happy with the pick. I don't think the Steelers had any clue he would still be available. Did you see how fast they made the pick? Goodell was walking up to the podium within 2 minutes.

Yeah I did. It makes sense. We draft BPA and I imagine DeCastro was high on the big board and they were I am sure as shocked as I am that he dropped as far as he did. I would have liked Hightower too but I think can find a ILB that fits the system just as good later.

PhantomJB93
04-26-2012, 10:16 PM
Gilbert-Foster-Pouncey-DeCastro-Colon

All of a sudden, the entire OLine actually looks decent on paper.

tanda10506
04-26-2012, 10:17 PM
Same here, I didn't even consider it possible. I can't believe we had our choice of Glenn, Hightower, or DeCastro. He was the obvious choice. Anybody think Glenn might be around when we draft round 2? I am absolutely thrilled, I thought the best thing we could do was draft a starting Guard and not only did they draft a starting Guard, but they got the best one available. Im sure DeCastro is excited too, with his talent I'm surprised he didn't end up on the Browns, Buccs, Rams, etc. Players are happy and act happy no matter who drafts them, but going to the Steelers instead of the Dolphins, Rams, etc., that's got to make his day a lot better. We need to keep Starks and draft some depth in the later rounds, if we are able to do that we will have a pretty good offensive line. Not good compared to what we are used to, I mean actually good.

tanda10506
04-26-2012, 10:19 PM
Uhhh, and if I grew up in Washington I'd root for the Seahawks too.

I feel since this is a mod it's a meta-troll but you never know anymore.

Dude....it was sarcasm, joking

CABurghfan
04-26-2012, 10:19 PM
I have to laugh, I don't think I recall a pick in the last few years where every single person agreed it was a great pick. This is great to see!!!

Very nice pick!!!

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-26-2012, 10:19 PM
DeCastro cant play Center, he cant play OT......that is possibly why he slid, because interior linemen are not as valued as other positions.

He can start on day 1, not much upside but not much risk either. Fortunate day!!

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-26-2012, 10:20 PM
Gilbert-Foster-Pouncey-DeCastro-Colon

All of a sudden, the entire OLine actually looks decent on paper.

Blasphemy!!! Read the posters here that have us needing to take at least 3 O linemen in the draft and have them all start.

MaidenIndiana
04-26-2012, 10:20 PM
I'm excited by the pick, but I'm also wondering how and why the hell a guy who was projected to be a top 10 pick fell all the way down to 24th?:noidea:

tanda10506
04-26-2012, 10:20 PM
DeCastro cant play Center, he cant play OT......that is possibly why he slid, because interior linemen are not as valued as other positions.

He can start on day 1, not much upside but not much risk either. Fortunate day!!

Not much upside, damn, what's your definition of upside?

GMU Steeler
04-26-2012, 10:22 PM
No idea who will be there at 56 but I think it will be a defensive player likely, perhaps a ILB or NT.

PhantomJB93
04-26-2012, 10:24 PM
I'm excited by the pick, but I'm also wondering how and why the hell a guy who was projected to be a top 10 pick fell all the way down to 24th?:noidea:

I remember when this happened with Bryan Bulaga and the Packers 2 years ago, to pick 24 to be exact, he turned out pretty well for them...

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-26-2012, 10:27 PM
Not much upside, damn, what's your definition of upside?

The guy is already a polished product. There is a chance the Bobbie Massie or Jonathan Martin will turn into pro bowl LT in the NFL, but they could bust too.

DeCastro is gonna plug into the starting lineup and at worst be a top 30 interior lineman in the NFL. But, he's gonna be an OG, which isnt the most valued position in football.

GMU Steeler
04-26-2012, 10:28 PM
I remember when this happened with Bryan Bulaga and the Packers 2 years ago, to pick 24 to be exact, he turned out pretty well for them...

Didn't Clay Matthews fall too?

wootawnee
04-26-2012, 10:29 PM
This guy played at Stanford in my back yard......He is soooooo athletic.....Him n Pouncy will be tough to beat side by side for sure.!!!.....

Hawaii 5-0
04-26-2012, 10:29 PM
Steelers pick top guard in NFL Draft in first round

April 26, 2012
By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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The Steelers took a big step toward addressing their problems on the offensive line when they selected Stanford guard David DeCastro with the No. 1 pick in tonight's NFL draft.

DeCastro (6-5, 315) is considered the best guard in the draft and was projected as a top-15 pick. But he slipped all the way to the Steelers with the 24th overall pick and they wasted little time, if any, selecting him.

"We didn't think David would be here, we valued him that high," said general manager Kevin Colbert. "We said earlier [this week] there are a few special players in this [draft] group. He was one of them."

The Steelers had DeCastro rated so highly that Colbert said they considered trading up to draft him.

It is the second time in the past three years Coach Mike Tomlin has drafted an offensive player with the No. 1 pick. He is the first guard to be selected on the first round by the Steelers since Kendall Simmons in 2002.

"He's a great player with excellent intangibles -- character, tough, leader, smart," Colbert said. "Everything you could ask for in a football player. We're truly, truly excited he was available to us at [number] 24."

"He has awesome intangibles," Coach Mike Tomlin said. "He was the unquestioned leader of a veteran group in college."

The Steelers had several needs on defense after they released inside linebacker James Farrior and defensive end Aaron Smith, two of their long-time stalwarts and leaders. Also, five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Casey Hampton is coming off major knee surgery and is likely in his final season with the Steelers.

The Steelers did not have a chance to bolster their nose tackle position with the player they liked -- Dontari Poe of Memphis, who was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 11th overall pick. Poe was one of the players whom the Steelers interviewed at the NFL scouting combine and also at their South Side facility.

But quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who turns 30 this season, has been sacked an average of 43 times a season since 2007 and plagued with a number of nagging injuries because of the number of hits he has absorbed.

The Steelers are set at both tackle positions with Willie Colon returning to the right side and Marcus Gilbert moving to left tackle. But, after releasing former starter Chris Kemoeatu in the offseason, their starting guards are Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster -- a pair of undrafted players who have never gone to training camp as the incumbent starters.

DeCastro was the right guard on a Stanford offensive line that protected quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 pick in the draft. But Colbert said DeCastro usually led 80 percent of their running plays.

"I'm just thankful I'm on a great team with a great franchise," DeCastro said shortly after being drafted. "I grew up a Seahawks fan. I wasn't the biggest Steelers fan growing up. Now I'm the biggest Steelers fan there is."

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-pick-top-guard-in-nfl-draft-in-first-round-633282/

surcalifero
04-26-2012, 10:31 PM
I thought the Lions would get DeCastro. I was praying on my knees after the Bears pick at 19 that DeCastro will still be there at #24. When the Lions were up I thought the Steelers would settle with Riley Reiff.

wootawnee
04-26-2012, 10:32 PM
Read the big board for Rob Rang. He had DeCastro the #6 player overall. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/blog/rob-rang/18824798/my-final-big-board-the-top-100-players-of-the-2012-nfl-draft

I just read that too....

ricardisimo
04-26-2012, 10:34 PM
He's a great pick. He will extend Ben's career. He will improve the run game. He will be able to start right away. All areas of concern in Art Rooney's eyes. Great pick... theoretically of course.

But there's one aspect to this pick which is very advantageous in real, rock-solid terms: Money. Picking a guard in the 1st saves the cap-strapped Steelers a bundle of money. Other than kickers and punters, guard is the least costly position.

There's no way to say right now if DeCastro is a future Hall of Famer, a bust or something in between. But as of right now this looks like the absolute best possible pick the Steelers could have made.

Hawaii 5-0
04-26-2012, 10:40 PM
THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

Christmas comes for Steelers :tt02:


Christmas came early for the Steelers Thursday as the top-rated guard in this year's draft, David DeCastro, dropped right into their laps with the 24th pick.

All night long, I was advocating the Steelers trading up for the former Stanford star if he fell past Cincinnati with the 17th selection.

The Steelers explored that option, but were patient. That's why Kevin Colbert gets paid the big bucks.

Many, including the Steelers didn't see DeCastro dropping that far. In fact, when Colbert said there were seven to 10 players in this draft that were easy evaluations and future stars, DeCastro was one of the players he was talking about.

But a run on pass rushers - Bruce Irvin in the first round? - and the Browns being the Browns - a 28-year-old QB in the first round - allowed DeCastro to fall.

posted by Dale Lolley

http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/sidelines/

Kingmagyar
04-26-2012, 10:40 PM
The New England Patriots allowed David Decastro to Fall.

The Patriots traded with the Bengals, because as we saw the bungals take Kevin Zeitler a bit later they would have taken Decastro if they didn't trade down and Detroit would have taken Riley Reif.


The perfect storm happened tonight. The perfect storm.

Fortunately it was the year where pass rushers were being scooped up like crazy.


After Arizona passed I literally kept thinking of Decastro slipping as I saw one mock project him late teens early 20's. I thought for sure we would trade up with Tenn. I was mad we didn't thinking Cincy or Detroit would grab him for sure. The Steelers got lucky tonight.

JCPsteelers
04-26-2012, 10:40 PM
Best part

DeCastro intelligence >>>>>> Kemo's intelligence

GMU Steeler
04-26-2012, 10:43 PM
Best part

DeCastro intelligence >>>>>> Kemo's intelligence

Hadn't even considered that but yes. Kemo was probably the most frustrating player on the team in recent years to watch because he would make dumb plays at the worst possible times.

ETL
04-26-2012, 10:50 PM
For what its worth:

Charlie Casserley on NFL network just said - "best value player" - David DeCastro taken by Pittsburgh.... rated in top 15 ... will be better than Faneca...

MasterOfPuppets
04-26-2012, 10:51 PM
:crying01: me so happy.... looking at who's left , i'd be thrilled if they scored another olineman in the 2nd, another guard or a tackle that can play guard for a year or two or push colon to guard... i've seen enough of foster and legursky.

Amini Silatolu


Brandon Brooks


Jonathan Martin


Bobby Massie


Kelechi Osemele

tony hipchest
04-26-2012, 10:57 PM
food for thought-

decastro was the highest rated guard in this years draft. look at some of the other highest rated at their respective positions we have drafted.

Polamalu- safety
miller- tight end
holmes- wide receiver
pouncey- center

all pro bowlers or SB MVP's.

Hawaii 5-0
04-26-2012, 10:58 PM
Best part

DeCastro intelligence >>>>>> Kemo's intelligence


that's not really all that hard...

ZiggyHeyward
04-26-2012, 11:08 PM
My friends I watched the draft with are 49ers fans that were crushed when we picked Decastro. It felt even better when they drafted Jankins. On top of that The Ravens didn't get Hightower today couldn't have gone better.

mesaSteeler
04-26-2012, 11:08 PM
NFL Draft: Steelers excited with pick
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/local_sports/nfl-draft-steelers-excited-with-pick/article_edcd3f46-58bc-5a28-971f-5f40748d84cd.html
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:32 pm

By Mike Bires mbires@timesonline.com | 0 comments

PITTSBURGH -- Never in their wildest dreams did the Steelers think David DeCastro would still be on the board when it was their turn to pick.

With the 24th pick of the first round, the Steelers quickly and excitedly plucked the All-American guard from Stanford.

"We said the other day that there were a few special players who would be easy to evaluate. David was one of them," said general manager Kevin Colbert. "We valued him very high.

"But we really didn't think David would be there at 24. So we're truly, truly excited that he was."

None of the draft experts figured that DeCastro, a three-year Stanford starter at right guard, would slip to No. 24. Some mock drafts had him going as early as No. 11.

The Steelers had a short list of players they expected to be available for them, including Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who was taken by the Patriots at No. 25.

When asked if the Steelers considered trading up to get DeCastro, Colbert said, "I'll leave that to the imagination. Before the draft, we identified several players that we'd trade up to get. And David was one of them.

"When we picked, there was a nice group (to pick from). We'd have been happy with three or four guys who were available. Really, a better group presented itself than we thought."

Colbert didn't have an explanation for why the top-rated guard in the draft lasted so long. All he knows is that the Steelers picked a lineman with few flaws. He's an excellent run blocker. He's excellent in pass protection. Last season for the Cardinal, DeCastro, who's 6-foot-5 and 316 pounds, graded out 96.88 percent on his assignments.

"This is really surreal," DeCastro said. "I had no expectations going in. I didn't know where I was going. You never know what's going to happen. I'm just thankful I'm going to a great team and a great franchise."

For the third straight year, the Steelers used a high-round draft choice on an offensive lineman. Two years ago, they took Florida center Maurkice Pouncey with the 18th pick. Last year, they took Florida tackle Marcus Gilbert in the second round.

DeCastro should have no problem moving into the starting lineup as a rookie.

"It was a no-brainer," coach Mike Tomlin said. "There was no guess work. Everything we would ask of him, he's already done at Stanford."

mesaSteeler
04-26-2012, 11:09 PM
No more excuses. RUN THE DAMN BALL.

mesaSteeler
04-26-2012, 11:12 PM
http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/rounds?year=2012&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl %2fdraft%2frounds%3fyear%3d2012

David DeCastro

Todd McShay breaks down the Steelers' selection of David DeCastro with the 24th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

What he brings: If you draft a guard this early, you expect him to make an immediate impact, and DeCastro's more than capable of doing it. He's a smart football player who can drive defenders off the ball as a run blocker, and rarely loses one-on-one.


How he fits: Offensive line was the biggest need for this team and DeCastro plays like he was born to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. He can lineup next to their only stable lineman Maurkice Pouncey and that should really improve their interior run game and also pass protect for Big Ben inside. There's still work to be done on the edge of this offensive line, but this is a major upgrade.

tony hipchest
04-26-2012, 11:12 PM
i love this quote-

Todd McShay‏@McShay13

perfect pick for the Steelers. Wakes up angry. Goes to bed angry. Tough, powerful, experienced and durable. Upgrades pass pro and run gm

dez09231
04-26-2012, 11:16 PM
This was pretty much the best possible thing that could happen tonight. I can live with Larry playing inside considering what we received instead of Hightower.

I said going in that we needed to hit homers in 2 of our first 3 rounds to realistically have another shot during Ben's window. This is a grand slam.

wootawnee
04-26-2012, 11:21 PM
No more excuses. RUN THE DAMN BALL.

lol

mesaSteeler
04-26-2012, 11:23 PM
http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/04/26/pick-by-pick-analysis-round-one-3

Profootball Weekly Analysis

24 (24) Pittsburgh Steelers: OG David DeCastro, Stanford
The board has a way of falling into the hands of the Steelers every year. While DeCastro may have appeared to have slid in the draft, many teams had stacked him as a second-round talent and were not enamored with his physical talent or see enough explosive body power to justify spending a top-20 pick on a guard. Nonetheless, DeCastro is extremely tough, hardworking and plays the game with a nasty temperament. Similar to Alan Faneca, he will plug into the starting lineup readily and bring a steady, workmanlike presence to a shoddy offensive line.

Hawaii 5-0
04-26-2012, 11:26 PM
http://www.walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelers2_logo.gif

Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Year: 12-4)

2012 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

24. David DeCastro, G, Stanford: A+ Grade

Unbelievable. The Steelers somehow land a guy who could be the top guard in the NFL over the next decade. David DeCastro could have gone as high as No. 11. It's really amazing how smart organizations like Pittsburgh can take advantage of dumb teams making stupid decisions year after year. This is the best pick of the 2012 NFL Draft thus far.

http://www.walterfootball.com/offseason2012pit.php

ETL
04-26-2012, 11:27 PM
Best part

DeCastro intelligence >>>>>> Kemo's intelligence

agree with another poster - that's not fair.

lump of coal intelligence >>>>>>>>Kemo's intelligence

mesaSteeler
04-26-2012, 11:39 PM
Draft's top guard falls into Steelers' lap
April 27, 2012 12:00 am
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/drafts-top-guard-falls-into-steelers-lap-633297/

The Steelers took one of the most overused cliches in the draft business and turned it into gold with Stanford guard David DeCastro.

"Really," general manager Kevin Colbert said, "we didn't think David wold be there at 24 quite honestly. We valued him that high."

Ranked by many as the top guard in the draft and predicted to go in the top 15, DeCastro slipped all the way to No. 24, where the Steelers wasted little of their allotted 10 minutes in snapping him up.

Not only did they fill one of their biggest needs, guard, but they got one Colbert said was among a handful of "special" players they thought were available in this draft. As the process wore on and he remained available, they considered making a trade to move higher than No. 24 to get him.

"We identified several players we would trade up to get and he was one of them. With every pick, the odds increased. Where we picked, it was a nice group; we would have been happy with 3 or 4 players where we picked."

Among those was Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower, whom the New England Patriots valued so much they did trade up to get him, with the Broncos to move from No. 32 to No. 25.

But in DeCastro, Colbert said they got "everything you could ask for in a football player."

DeCastro (6-5, 316) started the past three seasons at right guard in the pro style offense run by the draft's No. 1 pick, quarterback Andrew Luck. He had one year left of eligibility after taking a redshirt year as a freshman but opted for the draft instead. Colbert said the Cardinal ran 80 percent of their running plays with DeCastro leading the way.

"This kid is an exceptional player,'' Colbert said.

Coach Mike Tomlin called evaluating DeCastro for the draft "fun.''

"Everything we would ask him to do you saw him do at Stanford, whether it was pulling or pass protection . . . He's a tough guy, he has a lot of attributes we think will help our football team."

DeCastro is the second linemen the Steelers have drafted in the first round in three years, with center Maurkice Pouncey chosen in 2010. Tackle Marcus Gilbert came on the second round last season. Both Pouncey and Gilbert started as rookies, leading to the obvious question of whether DeCastro can follow in their shoes next season.

" If they're ready and capable and earn it, they play," Tomlin said. "That's always been our approach. It's the overall readiness of the individual player."

The Steelers are thin at guard. Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster ended the season as their two starters and Trai Essex was re-signed as their lone veteran backup. While DeCastro played exclusively on the right at Stanford, Tomlin said it wouldn't limit him with the Steelers.

"That's what he's played there but we're going to work to put our best players on the field."

DeCastro is the first guard chosen on the first round by the Steelers since Kendall Simmons in 2002. The Steelers also drafted Alan Faneca in the first round in 1998. Many teams consider the first round too high to draft a guard, so few usually go in that round.

"I can't speak for anyone else other than to say I'm glad they didn't take him,'' Colbert said.

The general manager and line coach Sean Kugler attended DeCastro's pro day at Stanford and came away worried.

"It solidified what we thought,'' Colberet said. "It scared us a bit because he worked out so well we didn't think we'd get a shot at him."

DeCastro did not express any disappointment at not being drafted higher as many expected him to be. He called his reaction as "surreal . . . stunned" to go to the Steelers.

"I had no expectations going in. I didn't know where I was going."

A native of Bellevue, Washington, he said he grew up a Seattle Seahawks fan and rooted for them against the Steelers in Super Bowl XL.

"Now I'm the biggest Steelers fan there is,'' DeCastro said.

Most scouting services had DeCastro as the best guard in the bunch, including Mel Kiper, NFLDraftScout.com and Pro Football Weekly, which rated him the second-best lineman overall after tackle Matt Kalil, drafted fourth overall Thursday.

The Steelers might have considered drafting tackle Riley Reiff but the Detroit Lions drafted him at No. 23.

"There were several players still available, again surprisingly, for us but David was the guy,'' Colbert insisted. "He's great at the line of scrimmage, he can pull, he can trap, he's a solid pass protector. Really, the kid is good."

The Steelers had trouble at the guard position last year. Chris Kemoeatu was benched in the middle of his fourth season as their starting left guard. Legursky, who opened the season as their starting right guard, moved to the left and Foster, who Legursky had originally beaten out, became the starting right guard. They even started tackles Chris Scott and Tony Hills at guard in the preseason as they searched for answers.

Thursday night, they finally found one.

mesaSteeler
04-26-2012, 11:41 PM
Team invests in protection plan for Big Ben
April 27, 2012 12:00 am
Paul Sakuma/Associated Press
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/ron-cook/team-invests-in-protection-plan-for-big-ben-633301/
OK, we get it. The Steelers are serious about keeping franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger healthy for a long time. It makes sense, right? He's 30 now. You invest $102 million in a guy, you want him to be able to play every down, every game. The Steelers saw what happened to their team last season after Roethlisberger's ankle injury in early December and they didn't like it one bit. As a result, they haven't just asked Roethlisberger to "tweak" his game by taking fewer hits and sacks next season. For the third consecutive year, they have used a high draft choice on an offensive lineman.

Now, that is serious.

At 10:20 p.m. Thursday night, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the Steelers selected Stanford guard David DeCastro with the 24th pick of the 2012 NFL draft. By 10:30, Roethlisberger undoubtedly contacted DeCastro via telephone call or text to welcome him to the team. Roethlisberger would have done that if the Steelers had taken Alabama inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who went to the New England Patriots with the next selection. He does it with all of the draft picks. But he must have loved reaching out to DeCastro. It sounds as if he's going to be one of Roethlisberger's closest friends for many years to come.

"A great player," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert called DeCastro.

I know what you're thinking:

We've heard that before, right?

What else is Colbert going to say after he drafts the guy?

It's true, Colbert has said the same thing about every No. 1 pick he has made with the Steelers, from Michigan State wide receiver Plaxico Burress in 2000 to Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward last spring. This time, though, Colbert continued to gush and gush.

"David was one of the guys we had targeted to move up to get. ... Excellent intangibles. Character. Tough. Leader. Smart. Everything you can ask for in a football player, this kid encompasses it."

Colbert said earlier in the week he doubted that anyone the Steelers selected No. 1 would come in and make an immediate impact. But that was before he knew the team was going to get DeCastro. Center Maurkice Pouncey, whom the Steelers picked in the first round in 2010, was something of a football freak, starting every game as a rookie and making the Pro Bowl. Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, whom the team took with its second-round pick last spring, became the regular starter at right tackle in the second game after Willie Colon was injured. Now, it seems as if DeCastro could be the third consecutive rookie lineman to start in his first season. Veteran right guard and incumbent starter Ramon Foster is going to have to play great to hold him off.

"You watch [Stanford] run the football, 80 percent of the time David DeCastro was leading the way," Colbert said. "He can pull. He can trap. He's a solid pass protector. The kid is good."

And you probably thought Andrew Luck was the only great player at Stanford last season.

"This kid is all business and no-nonsense," Colbert said, finally starting to slow down. "That was very attractive to us."

The selection of DeCastro made for a great start to the '12 draft. The Steelers have nine more picks tonight and Saturday. Their work has only just begun.

The team still has a need -- or rather "a want," to use Colbert terminology -- at inside linebacker after the release of veteran James Farrior. In any other draft, Hightower would have been the perfect solution to that problem. He should have a great career with the Patriots.

The Steelers also want to add to their defensive line. Defensive end Aaron Smith has retired. Nose tackle Casey Hampton will be 35 in September, is coming off knee surgery and might have just one year left. Defensive end Brett Keisel was very productive last season but he will be 34 next season. The Steelers had no chance of adding Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe, who went to the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 11 selection.

Running back has to be a third position of want for the Steelers. Rashard Mendenhall is coming off major knee surgery, might not contribute much next season and will be in the final year of his contract. Isaac Redman had huge day in the playoff loss to the Denver Broncos -- 17 carries for 121 yards -- but has to show he can do it week in and week out. Jonathan Dwyer and John Clay are the top backups as of the moment.

The Steelers will begin filling those holes when the draft resumes with the second round tonight. It's certain Colbert will be excited again when the draft ends Saturday afternoon. If he gushes half as much as he did about DeCastro, you'll know the Steelers did really well.

Ron Cook: rcook@post-gazette.com. Ron Cook can be heard on the "Vinnie and Cook" show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 93.7 The Fan.
First Published 2012-04-27 04:07:59
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austinfrench76
04-26-2012, 11:51 PM
Just heard Charlie Casserly say he likes DeCastro better at this point on his career than Alan Faneca! Great get, Go Steelers. Now grab a stud NT in round 2, ILB in round 32 and then stack the deck the rest of the way!

TheVet
04-27-2012, 12:34 AM
I'm incredibly happy with this pick, but our O-line is still a work in progress. But for the first time in years, it's NFL-worthy. We need to continue to build; we're not done yet.

Dalarin
04-27-2012, 12:36 AM
Most unhappy person with this pick has to be Haloti Ngata lol. He gets a double team from DeCastro and Pouncy all game, twice a year. He was just getting used to spending the majority of his time in our backfield.

Hawaii 5-0
04-27-2012, 12:51 AM
2012 NFL Draft: Guard Rankings

April 24, 2012.
By Charlie Campbell.

1) David DeCastro*, G, Stanford

Height: 6-5. Weight: 316.
40 Time: 5.43. 10-Yd Split: 1.82.
Bench: 34.
Arm: 32 3/8.

Projected Round (2012): Top 20.

4/24/12: At the NFL Scouting Combine, DeCastro was excellent. He had solid times, measurements and excelled in the field work. DeCastro was very smooth and fluid in the agility drills while displaying quick feet.

He confirmed his high first-round grade. Later on at his pro day, DeCastro had another impressive performance. He spent some time at center snapping the ball to Andrew Luck. Some feel DeCastro could play center in the NFL, but others say he should stay at guard. DeCastro looks like a lock for the top 20, and he is likely to go in the top 15.

DeCastro was a dominant force in 2011. A fabulous run blocker, he shoves defensive linemen around at the line of scrimmage and gets to the second level of the defense to hit blocks on linebackers. DeCastro pulls extremely well to hit defenders on the run. He also is an excellent pass blocker.

In limited plays against standout Washington defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu, the best tackle he faced this season, DeCastro consistently beat him and opened up holes for the Cardinal running backs. He also stonewalled a Ta'amu bull rush. DeCastro is an elite guard with big potential for the next level. The road-grader combined with tackle Jonathan Martin to help Stanford to average 210.6 yards per game in 2011.

http://www.walterfootball.com/draft2012OG.php

Wallace108
04-27-2012, 07:36 AM
ive got the official nickname-

Decastrator

POWER G baby!

you heard it here first.

:toofunny:

My day had already been made. That's just the cherry on top right there. :thumbsup:

Steelers5895
04-27-2012, 07:38 AM
i dont think the countdown even started on the steelers clock. the pick was in in about 15 seconds.

Wallace108
04-27-2012, 07:48 AM
i dont think the countdown even started on the steelers clock. the pick was in in about 15 seconds.

:sofunny:

"The Steelers have the nex ... uh, with the 24th pick, the Steelers select David DeCastro."

mesaSteeler
04-27-2012, 08:13 AM
The book on David DeCastro
http://blogs.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/sports/blog-n-gold/34002-the-book-on-david-decastro
Friday, 27 April 2012 07:30
Written by Dan Gigler

Steelers top pick David DeCastro buying time for former teammate and no. 1 overall selection Andrew Luck, something Pittsburgh hopes he'll replicate immediately for Ben Roethlisberger.

If I may quickly digress: before we get to the Steelers' near highway robbery of Stanford guard David DeCastro, NFL.com is already posting a second round mock based on last night's results. They have the Steelers taking big Brandon Thompson, DT from Clemson. A possible Casey Hampton successor, as per his scouting report. As is Alameda Ta'amu from Washington or Josh Chapman from Alabama, both day two possibilities. Some food for thought that will be addressed later today.

Also, a quick thought: Scores of mock drafts had the Bengals -- also badly in need of a guard -- taking DeCastro at no. 15. Instead they took talented CB Dre Kirkpatrick with that pick. The Bengals then traded their no. 21 pick to New England, helping to pave the way for DeCastro to be available for Pittsburgh at no. 24. Cincinnati still got a potentially excellent guard at no. 27 in Kevin Zeitler from Wisconsin, a guy that many mocks had the Steelers taking. So the Steelers steal of DeCastro is directly linked with their divisional 'who dey' foe, which is having a very nice draft thus far.

OK, back to David DeCastro pick analysis, with some pre-draft scouting reports mixed in. Key points: multiple comparisons to Maurkice Pouncey, Alan Faneca's name dropped as well, plus predictions for him to be an immediate starter ... [note: DeCastro will be introduced to the Pittsburgh sporting public via a 3 p.m. press conference today at Steelers HQ]

*ESPN's Jameson Hensley: "It looks like the Steelers' strong run in the first round will continue after they selected Stanford's David DeCastro. This was either a case of good fortune or the fact that teams don't value guards. No one predicted DeCastro to the Steelers because he wasn't expected to make it out of the top 20. ... DeCastro is a big, physical and nasty offensive lineman who turns a mediocre offensive line into a stronger one."

*A short piece from the Seattle Times, comparing DeCastro to Steve Hutchinson. No faint praise there. According to his wikipedia page, the suburban Seattle native was a huge Seahawks fan who idolized Hutchinson and compared himself as a player to Hutchinson and Alan Faneca.

*During Hutchinson's conference call with Pittsburgh media, he said that he rooted against the Steelers in Super Bowl XL. "Now I'm the biggest Steelers fan there is," DeCastro said. No doubt he'll get over any lingering cognitive dissonance from this once the first check clears.

*Video excerpts of Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert's press conference on DeCastro last night.

*NFL.com (full analysis): "The top rated guard by the network of the league. "Mayock's take: "He's a natural Pittsburgh Steeler. He's a plug-and-play guard. The Steelers have had all kinds of problems up front, and this kid fits in Pittsburgh."

*USA Today: "Folks in the Steel City will love DeCastro. Not only does he solidify an often suspect O-line, he plays with a nasty demeanor and should elicit memories of longtime all-pro Alan Faneca. ... DeCastro and C Maurkice Pouncey should be a formidable interior duo for the next decade and receive a lot of thank-you dinners from QB Ben Roethlisbeger along the way.

*Josh Katzowitz of CBS has the Steelers as a day one winner: Pittsburgh didn't have to do anything, and the guy who will fit in nicely with the team fell directly into a Steelers uniform. That'd be Stanford guard David DeCastro. Draft analysis Rob Rang had him ranked as the sixth-best prospect overall -- though there was no chance a guard would go that high -- but now that he's in Pittsburgh and playing next to Maurkice Pouncey, that will be a tough wall for a defender to penetrate.

*CBS's analysis of DeCastro: "Some NFL scouts believe Stanford guard David DeCastro may be an even better interior line prospect than Maurkice Pouncey of Florida, who was drafted 18th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Coaches and teammates believe DeCastro's serious attitude and penchant for perfection were as important as his innate physical abilities in making him as good as he is."

*Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated says the Steelers pick was a no-brainer, who destroys opponents and annihilates linebackers.

*Andrew Byrne of SI says: "The Steelers have a habit of making un-sexy picks in the draft, and that strategy has worked brilliantly for them over the years. Pittsburgh's offensive line has struggled since losing All-World guard Alan Faneca after the 2007 season and DeCastro has the potential to be an earth-moving interior lineman in his mold."

*Here is SI's scouting report of DeCastro.

*DC Times Scouting the Draft blog: "DeCastro figures to go near the middle of the first round. I’ve long discussed why offensive guards are extremely undervalued in the draft, as they are vital to the success of an offense (as you saw in Dallas this season), but the premiere players at the position rarely go in the first half of the first round. Since the “Moneyball” era of valuing players has crept into the NFL, guards have consistently offered the most bang for the buck."

*NBC's Pro Football Talk: "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. ... 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."

*National Football Post: "The best offensive line prospect I've evaluated since Maurkice Pouncey in 2010. He showcases the ability to get a push in-line and is a dominant move player as well. He's fluid/natural in pass protection and with a little more power in his base he's got the skill set to become on of the leagues best guards early in his NFL career."

*Mocking the Draft: "The rich get richer. The Pittsburgh Steelers take advantage of a wild first round and pick up a blue chip guard that will start right away by drafting Stanford's David DeCastro ... DeCastro is one of the elite players in this draft class, but positional value causes him to slide down the board in this draft. The Steelers can't complain, because they have a massive need for interior offensive linemen. DeCastro will start from day one and become a big part of this offense ..."
*The NFL Network's Charlie Casserly says he loves the DeCastro pick and says he's better than Alan Faneca was as a draft pick (no link, just saw that on the tee-vee) and was one of the top value picks of the first round.

*According to this, DeCastro had a pretty high Wonderlic score. But its from a college football message board, so that's a suspect source. But it's worth mentioning that he went to Stanford, among the most elite universities in the country. Football factory of late or not, they don't just admit anyone there.

*Here are a bunch of quick videos on DeCastro that I posted last night:

SB Nation draft capsule:

(See article URL for videos - mesa)

Rick5895
04-27-2012, 08:14 AM
Now if the truly weird happens and Adams or Martin fall to us we have our OL set for a decade. Then we could get Chapman in the 3rd.
One can dream anyway. LOL

Rick5895
04-27-2012, 08:15 AM
Now if the truly weird happens and Adams or Martin fall to us we have our OL set for a decade. Then we could get Chapman in the 3rd.
One can dream anyway. LOL

Steelerfreak58
04-27-2012, 09:20 AM
I can't believe the kid fell to 24. So happy the line just got way better picking him up.

Atlanta Dan
04-27-2012, 09:54 AM
Best part

DeCastro intelligence >>>>>> Kemo's intelligence

Not a high standard to beat:chuckle:

Box of rocks intelligence >>>>>>>>> Kemo's intelligence

jjpro11
04-27-2012, 10:42 AM
Thank you Tim Tebow! Thank you Ike Taylor!

kan_t
04-27-2012, 10:46 AM
DeCastro cant play Center, he cant play OT......that is possibly why he slid, because interior linemen are not as valued as other positions.

He can start on day 1, not much upside but not much risk either. Fortunate day!!
If the upside means playing positions other than guard, I agree with you. Or the upside you mean is a pro-bowl guard, I also agree with you because he's nearly hit the upside already. :grin:

TRH
04-27-2012, 10:55 AM
Not a high standard to beat:chuckle:

Box of rocks intelligence >>>>>>>>> Kemo's intelligence

:sofunny:

guess that means we should expect that DeCastro won't be diving on the pile after whistles blow to fight...to then draw 15-yarders??

wv2kybohntr
04-27-2012, 12:42 PM
I just had this vision that I haven't seen in the past few years...Big Ben wasn't crippled in this year's playoffs.

Hawaii 5-0
04-27-2012, 12:45 PM
DeCastro pick was a no-brainer

Bob Labriola
Steelers Digest

Kevin Colbert makes his living as a personnel guy in the NFL, and people in his business rarely give out direct answers to any questions at this time of the year. But after the Steelers used their No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft – the 24th overall – on Stanford guard David DeCastro, Colbert broke his own rule very soon after being brought into the media room at the Steelers practice facility.

Kevin, was (DeCastro) a no-brainer pick?

“Yes.”

During a pre-draft news conference on April 23 that’s always more juking and dodging than disseminating, Colbert alluded to the fact that this particular draft class contained a small group of special players who were easy to evaluate. Of course, Colbert wouldn’t name any of the names in that group during the session, but come Thursday night it was clear that David DeCastro was one of them.

Just about every mock draft – and there are thousands of them, or seem to be – had DeCastro gone before the Steelers would get around to making their No. 1 pick. Phrases such as “outstanding technician” and “terrific instincts” and “nasty football temperament” and “outstanding personal and football character” and “plug-and-play starter” can come across as gibberish, but to the people in Colbert’s line of work they represent the kinds of things that add a little bit of certainty to the guessing game that is an NFL Draft.

“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.”

He was easy to evaluate, said Coach Mike Tomlin, because everything the Steelers require of their guards, DeCastro showed them on videotape.

“He is a right guard. That’s what he has played at Stanford,” said Tomlin. “We are going to work to put our best people on the field, and he will be a candidate within that group obviously. It was just a fun evaluation. 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. Like Kevin said earlier, a large portion of their run-game went behind him. He made it a fun study. He’s just a solid player and prospect in all areas.”

There were reasons why DeCastro was available to the Steelers that went beyond teams maybe not valuing guards as much as other positions when it came to picking in the first round.

One early indicator that things could be falling the Steelers’ way came when the Miami Dolphins made owner Stephen Ross a happy guy by picking quarterback Ryan Tannehill eighth overall. Since the Steelers were not in the market for a quarterback – or a tight end for that matter – in the first round, teams ahead of them picking those positions simply served to push other players down toward them. There was one more quarterback selected before the Steelers’ turn, and that was Brandon Wheedon, who went to the Browns at No. 22.

Then there were the uh-oh moments, those picks that deviate from the norm, the reaches, and those also serve to push players down toward the bottom of the first round.

Included in the uh-oh group this year were WR Michael Floyd to Arizona at No. 13, DE Bruce Irvin to Seattle at No. 15, LB Shea McClellin to Chicago at No. 19, WR Kendall Wright to Tennessee at No. 20, and DE Chandler Jones to New England at No. 21. Not only did those selections help the Steelers get DeCastro, but by making those picks those teams also prevented others from trading into their spots and maybe making a more mainstream selection.

“We really can’t do anything about what other teams are doing behind us, so you start looking at your odds of how many players are left who we would be happy with, and there were several of those players still available for us,” said Colbert. “David was clearly the guy, and we were excited he was there. Could be (that teams were leery of picking a guard that high). I can’t speak for anyone else other than to say we’re glad they didn’t take him.”

Once the Patriots selected Jones, there were two picks remaining before the Steelers’ turn, and both DeCastro and LB Dont’a Hightower were still on the board. Then when the Browns took Wheedon, and the Detroit Lions immediately sent their card to the podium with OT Riley Reiff’s name on it, the Steelers immediately followed by sending up their card with DeCastro’s name on it. The pick took literally a minute for the Steelers to make.

“Before the draft,” said Colbert, “we identified several players we’d trade up to get, and (DeCastro) was one of them. I’ll leave it at that. With every pick the odds increase. When we picked, there was a nice group. We would have been happy with three or four guys who were available at our pick. Really, a better group presented itself than we thought would, but he was one we had identified as a possibility to trade up to get.”

This morning, every team that made a first-round pick is happy with the player they got, but there was almost a giddiness about Colbert and Tomlin when they walked into the media room to talk about theirs.

“We were out there for his pro day, (offensive line coach) Sean Kugler and myself made the visit out there, and he had an outstanding pro day,” said Colbert. “Quite honestly, it scared us a little bit, because he worked out so well we didn’t think there was any way we’d get a shot at him.”

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/DeCastro-pick-was-a-no-brainer/3de47898-5e9c-4676-b3b9-3815b96fbfe6

Fire Arians
04-27-2012, 12:46 PM
Scott Brown‏@ScottBrown_TribReply

DeCastro, a Washington native, grew up rooting for the Seahawks and rooted for them in Super Bowl XL.


money talks, i'm not worried. hell if they paid me millions of dollars, i'd play for the ravens and have no complaints lol.

kan_t
04-27-2012, 12:52 PM
money talks, i'm not worried. hell if they paid me millions of dollars, i'd play for the ravens and have no complaints lol.

Besides that, he's a pro who takes thing seriously. His style matches the Steelers perfectly and he wants to win. I'm sure that he is going to love the Steelers, if he hasn't already been a Steelers fan now.

Hawaii 5-0
04-27-2012, 01:00 PM
NFL Draft 2012: Pittsburgh Steelers Earn High Marks for David DeCastro

By Chris G. (Featured Columnist) on April 26

http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/images/photos/001/675/341/139845256_crop_650x440.jpg?1335494126

Could the 2012 NFL draft have fallen any better for the Pittsburgh Steelers? Not only did they address their biggest need, but they got the top player at his position in the draft by selecting David DeCastro with the 24th selection of the draft.

Pittsburgh wasted no time, sending in their selection immediately after the Detroit Lions made their pick at 23. This is a home run for the Steelers.

DeCastro was a top 15 selection in many mock drafts and there seemed to be little chance that he could fall past the Cincinnati Bengals at 21. After the Bengals traded down, DeCastro became a possibility.

The selection of DeCastro is a A+. He will immediately be able step in at right guard and solidify the line.

The combination of Maurkice Pouncey and DeCastro in the middle of the line should be a force for years to come. They will help reinvigorate the running game as DeCastro is another athletic lineman who plays with a mean streak.

Coming from a pro system, DeCastro should make a smooth transition. He had the top pick in the draft, Andrew Luck, playing behind him and will get a chance to block for one to the best quarterbacks in the league, Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger should be smiling right now as he will have more time to throw the ball and a stronger ground game for the team to lean on. This will enable the Steelers to set up the play action and better utilize their deep passing game with Mike Wallace.

Pittsburgh sat tight and they got top 10 talent with the 24th selection. That is excellent value and it came at a position of need. Steeler Nation is estatic right now as they have the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson and former Steeler Alan Faneca.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1162472-nfl-draft-2012-pittsburgh-steelers-earn-high-marks-for-david-decastro

Vis
04-27-2012, 02:36 PM
http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2012/story/_/id/7820948/nfl-andrew-luck-david-decastro-jonathan-martin-coby-fleener-make-draft-day-historic-stanford-espn-magazine

"He's so angry"

mesaSteeler
04-27-2012, 03:01 PM
http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2012/story/_/id/7820948/nfl-andrew-luck-david-decastro-jonathan-martin-coby-fleener-make-draft-day-historic-stanford-espn-magazine

"He's so angry"

From the article above.

"QUIZ TIME: WHICH Stanford player is considered by many scouts to be the team's safest NFL bet?

Sorry, Colts fans, it's not Luck. It's right guard DeCastro. Shaw again cues X Dagger Y Corner Takeoff, this time to show how DeCastro makes every other lineman's job easier. (Hopefully this will help keep Pouncey healthy - mesa) On-screen, DeCastro locks onto Cougars defensive tackle Anthony Laurenzi, jabbing and pushing, the type of nasty, relentless blocking that makes coaches and scouts swoon. DeCastro reeks of can't fail, from his enforcer glare to his Mack-truck jaw to his all-shoulders-and-forearms build to his coachlike knowledge of Stanford's pro-style offense. He dominated from his first days at practice, when he was nicknamed King Stout because nobody could move him.

It's DeCastro, Shaw says, who helped enable this Cardinal play -- and hundreds of others -- to work. Washington State lines up in a four-man front, and because DeCastro and Martin can typically block their rushers without help, Stanford's three other linemen are responsible for only two rushers. It's a numbers game, and it all adds up to the 3.3 seconds it takes for Luck to drop back seven steps, push up, hold the ball and wait for Fleener to shake free -- an eternity in football time. "Double D allowed us to take a lot for granted," Shaw says, referring to DeCastro.

It wasn't always this way. DeCastro learned the game in a run-oriented offense at Bellevue (Wash.) High, so once at Stanford he had to learn to pass protect. That came naturally, but vocal leadership didn't. Normally that responsibility fell to Luck, who often reminded the team after practice that football was the "ultimate meritocracy" -- and this being Stanford, no one had to look that up. But when Shaw asked DeCastro to set an example, he tailored the role for him: "I don't need you to give speeches. But I need you to demand that the guys play to your level. If they don't, they need to be afraid of you." (Hmmm methinks we will have a new leader on the team. Maybe the equivalent of Jack Lambert type motivational player for the O-Line. - mesa)

DeCastro smiled and said, "I can do that." And he did, sparing no one. During one game last season, Luck, who typically called three plays in the huddle and picked one at the line of scrimmage depending on the defense, missed a run-check as the play clock was winding down. DeCastro was not happy: "Andrew, what the f--, man? Get us in a good play." Luck explained that he ran out of time, to which DeCastro replied, "Don't do it again." "

Vis
04-27-2012, 03:07 PM
In the press conference today he was asked if he was one of the Seahawk fans whining about the officiating. - "No comment"

http://www.yardbarker.com/all_sports/articles/steelers_2012_1st_round_draft_pick_david_decastro_ introductory_press_conference_audio/10662875

Hawaii 5-0
04-27-2012, 03:10 PM
During one game last season, Luck, who typically called three plays in the huddle and picked one at the line of scrimmage depending on the defense, missed a run-check as the play clock was winding down. DeCastro was not happy: "Andrew, what the f--, man? Get us in a good play." Luck explained that he ran out of time, to which DeCastro replied, "Don't do it again." "


I'm liking this guy more and more every minute...:tt02:

Steelersfan87
04-27-2012, 03:11 PM
DeCastro is absolutely going to become a leader. Maybe one of those silent leaders, but he's going to command respect and attention in the locker room, and he's going to make the other linemen better with his fantastic technique. Who is going to get between DeCastro and Pouncey?

MasterOfPuppets
04-27-2012, 03:16 PM
DeCastro smiled and said, "I can do that." And he did, sparing no one. During one game last season, Luck, who typically called three plays in the huddle and picked one at the line of scrimmage depending on the defense, missed a run-check as the play clock was winding down. DeCastro was not happy: "Andrew, what the f--, man? Get us in a good play." Luck explained that he ran out of time, to which DeCastro replied, "Don't do it again." "

i can see him bitch slapping ben in the huddle...:toofunny:

Vis
04-27-2012, 03:21 PM
the presser is up

http://www.steelers.com/video-and-audio/videos/David-DeCastro-Press-Conference/c9b56195-3261-478a-bb08-8f4fb4f7caf3

hwalker84
04-27-2012, 03:35 PM
the presser is up

http://www.steelers.com/video-and-audio/videos/David-DeCastro-Press-Conference/c9b56195-3261-478a-bb08-8f4fb4f7caf3

Thanks.

Hawaii 5-0
04-27-2012, 03:35 PM
the presser is up

http://www.steelers.com/video-and-audio/videos/David-DeCastro-Press-Conference/c9b56195-3261-478a-bb08-8f4fb4f7caf3


man, this guy was born to be a Steeler OL! :tt02:

Curtain_of_Steel
04-27-2012, 03:49 PM
No one bitch slaps Ben in the huddle!

He already has shown his mentaltiy when they asked him about the 1 sack he gave up in 3 years. He stated well I thought it was a couple more and "andrew" probably saved me on some other.
finally another NOT me me me guy. A Team guy.

MrAustin412
04-27-2012, 03:50 PM
So happy. Him + Pouncey = Bash Brothers

http://www.fourthandtwelve.com/2012/04/steelers-draft-david-decastro.html

STEELAMANIA
04-27-2012, 03:53 PM
Nobody is making fun of our OL anymore lol. I'm just happy no more Kemo,.....

Steel_Bus_24
04-27-2012, 04:04 PM
^^^^Hell Yeah

We're going to ram that FFing ball down Denvers throat on opening night

Peyton might as well keep his ass at home because he won't be getting his hands on that ball much

mizzouristeeler
04-27-2012, 04:31 PM
I just noticed our third round pick is number 86. The same round hines was taken.

ANDYMISIU
04-27-2012, 07:31 PM
Amazing pick for us! he's a steal....er. Top 10 talent at 24 is just f'ing wonderful.

Hawaii 5-0
05-07-2012, 10:01 PM
Amazing pick for us! he's a steal....er. Top 10 talent at 24 is just f'ing wonderful.

Report: Steelers Had Draft Day Trade In Place With Jets To Move Up For DeCastro

Monday, May 7th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

Some interesting news Monday night via Jason La Canfora on Twitter as he reports the Pittsburgh Steelers had a draft day trade in place with the New York Jets to move up to the 16th spot in the first round to select guard David DeCastro. According to a tweet by La Canfora, the Jets were willing to move back to the Steelers spot at 24 thinking they would be able to select either Bruce Irvin or Quinton Coples. Once the Seattle Seahawks selected Irvin with the 15th overall selection, the Jets reportedly backed out of the deal and went ahead and drafted Coples reports La Canfora.

It is unknown what the Steelers would have had to give up to move up from 24 to 16, but it doesn't matter at this point. Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert was asked during his press conference following the first round if he had entertained the idea of trading up to draft the Stanford guard and Colbert replied, "Before the draft, we identified several players that we’d trade up to get, and he was one of them. I’ll leave it at that."

Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good and you have to wonder how the whole complexion of the Steelers draft might have changed had they had to give up a few picks to move up those 8 spots. Would they still have had the ammunition to trade up and get nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu in the fourth round? Would they have even had a third round pick to draft Sean Spence? Would they have been able to take a chance on Mike Adams in round two, assuming they would not have had to give up that pick? It blows your mind to think how the whole draft might have changed.

In the end the Steelers waited patiently and got their man without having to move up at all. The Seahawks selection of Irvin really caught several by surprise in the first round and that very well could have been the initial domino that fell that led to the Steelers getting their steal at 24 in DeCastro.

http://network.yardbarker.com/all_sports/article_external/2012_steelers_53_man_roster_prediction/10736465

ebsteelers
05-08-2012, 09:24 AM
Steelers really, really wanted DeCastro
May, 8, 2012
May 810:00AM ETBy Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com Recommend0Tweet0Comments0EmailPrintIt's not a newsflash that the Pittsburgh Steelers wanted David DeCastro. Pittsburgh selected the Stanford guard with the 24th overall pick, taking him over Alabama inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower.

But how much the Steelers coveted DeCastro will probably surprise you. According to NFL Network, the Steelers had a draft-day trade in place with the New York Jets to move up to No. 16, one spot ahead of the Bengals, and take DeCastro.

The Jets were reportedly willing to fall back to the Steelers' spot at No. 24 to get pass-rushing defensive linemen Bruce Irvin or Quinton Coples. Once the Seahawks surprisingly chose Irvin at No. 15, the Jets backed out of the trade with the Steelers and drafted Coples, NFL Network reported.

On April 26, the night of the first round, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was asked if the team had attempted to trade up for DeCastro after selecting him. "I’ll leave that to the imagination," Colbert said last month. "I’ll just say again, we identified several guys that we thought we would entertain trading up to get, and this kid was one of them."

You could tell the Steelers were excited to get DeCastro that night because they used the word "excited" three times in Colbert and Mike Tomlin's opening statement about DeCastro. In the end, the Steelers still got the top-rated guard in the draft by staying put and not losing draft picks.

It's not known what the Steelers were willing to give up, but they might have had to trade their picks in the third and fourth rounds to move up for DeCastro, according to the draft trade chart. Pittsburgh selected linebacker Sean Spence in the third round and moved up in the fourth for nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu. The Steelers' entire draft would have looked completely different and wouldn't have been as strong.

The reason behind the trade was getting in front of the Bengals, who had been heavily linked to DeCastro leading up to the draft. But Cincinnati was more interested in Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler than DeCastro. The Bengals passed on DeCastro at No. 17 (when they chose Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick) and No. 21 (when they traded back to No. 27). According to the Bengals' official website, the team got an extra third-round pick to fall back six spots to get Zeitler, who would've been their choice if they remained at No. 21.

ebsteelers
05-08-2012, 09:31 AM
all i have to say is thank goodness, we didnt trade up to get him..
and seattle took irvin that high..


i hate trading up any time, but especially having to give up a 3 and 4...

so much value, and for an older team we need to get younger and better.


prefer trading back, but thats just me.


either way thank you seattle,
we got the guy we wanted

ricardisimo
05-08-2012, 01:50 PM
I'm not reading a lot about how he's been doing in rookie camp. Or is he one of the players who cannot join the team until school is over? I know that's the case with Adams. It would suck if neither of our top two coud get it going right away.

Vis
05-08-2012, 02:03 PM
I'm not reading a lot about how he's been doing in rookie camp. Or is he one of the players who cannot join the team until school is over? I know that's the case with Adams. It would suck if neither of our top two coud get it going right away.

http://www.steelers.com/video-and-audio/videos/David-DeCastro---Rookie-Mini-Camp/41a5656b-507f-48e8-a429-d1814b825d3b

Steelersfan87
05-08-2012, 02:53 PM
They don't really do much in rookie camp. I believe he described it as "running around in our underwear". So there's really not much to give an evaluation of.

Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 03:08 PM
Steelers 2012 draft War Room Transcript

by Bonek on May 14, 2012


Art Rooney II walks into Steelers draft day War Room and gives a hard stare to all the seated personnel, including Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin, Todd Haley, Dick LeBeau, team chaplain Kevin Jordan and many other coaches and scouts. After giving thoughtful look he says: "Winners don't wait for chances, they take them!"

Rooney: Kevin, Mike, my last words should be our motto for today's draft. What you guys think?

Colbert: All right, boss.

Tomlin: Yes Sir, today we're gonna be a first-rate version of ourselves, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

Rooney: Mike, please talk to us like a normal human being not like a smart arse you usually are. You're not giving interviews here. And Kevin, give me pre draft debrief and please include in your report what the heck is our esteemed Chaplain is doing here?

Colbert: All is well so far. Draft board is set. Preliminary trade talks are done with Jets, Titans and Bears. Communication with our guys in New York is double tested. As for our dear Chaplain, he is here under your orders. After Denver game, his counselling was so good that you told us to invite him for every meeting.

Rooney: Oh shacks... completely forgot. Had too many that day. Well, since you're here, Father, please pray for us to get some nice blue chip player.

Chaplain: I'll try to do my best.

Colbert: Ok, gents. Here we go. Draft started.

Rooney: Kevin, our priority is 3 rounds 1000 pounds today?

Colbert: We'll do our best Sir, after asking Ben to tweak his game we gotta give him some O Line help. Hopefully, we'll draft some stud blue chipper O lineman this round.

LeBeau: Does it mean I can go fishing today?

Rooney: Dick, you're stabilising force here. So please stay. But we gonna go offense 1st round. And as far as I remember, things will get interesting for us in the middle of the draft. Therefore, I'll take a break for now. Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Except for herpes. That shit'll come back with you. I'll come back after seeing team doctors.

Tomlin: If you need anything let us know.

Rooney: Nah, I'll be fine. (leaves room)

After a bit more than an hour, and half a dozen trades later Chiefs pick Dontari Poe.

Tomlin: Gents, 11 picks passed and only 1 O Lineman selected. That's great news for us. Father, please include the name David DeCastro in your prayers. We want that guy. Dick, it's official, after Chiefs pick, we're going offense this round.

Colbert: I believe in miracles... I believe in miracles.

After some more time left, when Seahwaks selected Bruce Irvin with 15th overall pick, the sound of laughter from the War room could be heard in downtown Pittsburgh. Door opens and Art Rooney II enters laughing out loud.

Rooney: Guys, this draft is getting crazy. Seahawks at their best Browns impersonation. I think we have to move now to get our guy DeCastro. Kevin please call Jets and make it happen.

Colbert: I just called them and they said No.

Rooney: Oh shucks... Father pray harder please. We don't want Bungles to take our guy.

Ny Jets select Coples and Bungles select Dre and the everyone is happy in the War Room.

Rooney: Kevin, we want to get in front of Bungles second pick. Remember our motto. Make the trade.

Colbert after calling the teams: San Diego and Titans won't trade. Bears want 3rd and 4th. That's too much. And I think we gotta wait. We still have 3 of the blue chip O Linemen on board. I'd say we wait.

Rooney: If noone is willing to trade down farely with us. We have to come up with some other thing to get our guy. Father, please write down some scary words from the Bible for me please.

Chaplain: What? There are no scary words there.

Rooney: Father, I mean please write down some passage from the Bible which will make Mike Brown from Bengals piss his pants off.

Chaplain: In that case.... (after quickly writing the passage) ...here, take this one.

Rooney calling Mike Brown: Hello Mike, this is Art. I know you're busy today as everyone else, but as a friend of yours I have to warn you buddy.

Brown: Howdy Art. And what it might be ?

Rooney: I came to knowledge that there is a passage Ezekiel 12:1:21. As this year is 2012 and you guys are drafting at 1st round 21. It may directly affect you. I'll read it for you. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you."

Make your own conclusions, but seems like your pick at 21 will give some nasty results. (Art hangs up).

Chaplain: But, this passage was Ezekiel 25:17. It was even included in the movie Pulp Fiction.

Rooney: Father, I want my boy whatever it takes. This chatter will make Mikey piss his pants off and make him do some crazy shit.

Chargers take Ingram, Bears select McLellin and Titans get Wright. And it is announced that Bengals trade their pick to Patriots.

Everyone in the Steelers War Room are elated.

Haley: What if Browns get DeCastro?

Rooney: Will you talk about something else? Distract me so I won't turn around and smack you in the face Todd.

Tomlin: Sir, You should put your seatbelt on. We still can do it. Father say something please.

Chaplain: All is well that ends well.

Rooney: Kevin do something. I can't control myself.

Colbert: I have got so much Patience that I can break the Stone with Ice.

Rooney: I didn't want you to turn into Mike with your smart words. I want DeCastro!

Goodell over on TV: With the 22nd pick, Cleveland Browns select Brandon Weeden quaterback from Oklahoma State...

Tomlin: Father, I think your prayers are very good. Please continue praying.

Rooney: Kevin, can we trade with Lions?

Colbert: I believe in miracles... Father say something.

Chaplain: Patience is of the essence.

Goodell over on TV: With the 23nd pick, Detroit Lions select Riley Reiff...

After the noise of celebrations passes away.

Rooney: Kevin, please send our pick and if you excuse me, I'll call it a day. I'll join you all tomorrow.

Tomlin: As they say - "Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon"

Rooney: Yes Mike, we all love you. And father, please join us tomorrow as well. We'll need some more of your divinie interventions. :)

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/5/14/3019362/steelers-2012-draft-war-room-transcript

ghor50
05-17-2012, 11:58 AM
I'm elated with the selection of DeCastro. He should do a very nice job solidifying the right side of our offensive line.

It was a great draft pick.

ghor50
05-17-2012, 12:02 PM
I was reading an article yesterday on a draft website that said they expected for David DeCastro to be one of this year's drafts impact rookies. Here's an excerpt from the article on DeCastro:

David DeCastro of the Pittsburgh Steelers has the chance to be a difference maker right away. I had DeCastro rated as a Top 15 talent. He was far and away my best guard in the draft. Pittsburgh getting DeCastro at #24 was a steal. He’ll step into the right guard position immediately and anchor the Pittsburgh offensive line alongside Maurkice Pouncey. DeCastro is a mean, nasty offensive lineman with good strength and great agility. He’ll help to reinvigorate the Pittsburgh rushing game and to protect QB Ben Rothliesberger. Pittsburgh gave up 42 sacks last season and that was amongst the most in the league. In addition, the Steelers only had a 43% “Power Success” rate when running to the right side. “Power Success” is the percentage of runs on 3rd and 4th downs with two yards or less to go that are converted into a 1st down. It also includes all running plays of two yards or less that are “goal to go” type situations. The Steelers ranked 30th in this area and DeCastro will help them to improve there.

I thought the article raised some valid points and that it was right on. Here's a link to the article for those who may be interested:

http://www.ultimatedraftingguide.com/2012/05/16/which-rookies-will-make-the-biggest-impact/

ghor50
05-17-2012, 12:04 PM
Overall I'm very pleased with our draft. I think we had one of the best drafts in the NFL and most of the analysts seem to agree.