2012 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Start Strong with David DeCastro

Todd SwoopeContributor IIIApril 26, 2012

TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 17:  Guard David DeCastro #52 of the Stanford Cardinal during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The Cardinal defeated the Wildcats 37-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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David DeCastro is a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Let me say this once again: David DeCastro, the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson, is a Steeler.

With the first round of the NFL Draft falling into perfect order for the Steelers, Pittsburgh filled in its biggest need with the acquisition of the stellar guard; DeCastro was exactly the player that Pittsburgh needed to shore up an offensive line that was the weakest link on a championship-caliber team.

DeCastro should step onto the field and, from day one, be the starting left guard. Doug Legursky will be relegated to backup status once more, and DeCastro, teamed with Pouncey in the middle and Gilbert at left tackle, will make up the most solid left side of a line in the AFC North.

DeCastro is a mauler. He is a mountain of a man who excels at run blocking, is a great pass protector—just ask Stanford teammate and the Colts' number one pick Andrew Luck—and has great footwork.

Oh, and he is a very mean player. Ask any offensive line coach, and they will all say that a mean streak is essential for a lineman, a warrior in the trenches. With excellent hand and footwork, DeCastro rarely gets caught out of position and always keeps his pads low on the blocks. He has incredible burst and reaches the second level with authority.

Steelers fans should rejoice with the selection of DeCastro; he is just that good. From day one he will be a starter. From day one he will probably be a Pro Bowl player. From day one he has the best chance of all the rookies to be an All-Pro.