The Pittsburgh Steelers' top goals going into the 2012 NFL draft were to upgrade the offensive line and draft the heir apparent to Casey Hampton at the nose tackle position.
Most thought that the only way the Steelers would fill either of these positions in the first round would be if either G/OT Cordy Glenn or NT Dontari Poe fell in the draft.
No one thought at all that the best guard prospect in the draft would fall far enough for the Steelers to even trade up to get him let alone that he would be still on the board when they selected at No. 24.
When the Steelers were finally on the clock with DeCastro still there, I thought for sure I would see their representatives sprinting toward the stage to get this pick in.
Some believe that interior linemen should not be taken that high in the first round, however, there really is no reason that DeCastro should have fallen all the way to the Steelers.
I am in no way complaining, though, since the Steelers have already greatly improved the team and they did not have to trade up to do it.
David DeCastro will be the day-one starter at left guard for the Steelers, which will allow Doug Legursky to go back to his role as a really good backup guard and center.
I would not be surprised at all either if the Steelers drafted another guard in the second or third round if a guy like Brandon Brooks or Kelechi Osemele are available.
Ramon Foster is not terrible, however, I do not think he is the future at right guard and anyone the Steelers take could sit for a year and develop.
I am not saying that I think it is likely that the Steelers take a guard in the second or third round, however, there is a lot of value at the position in those rounds and I would just not be surprised to see them go all out to protect Ben Roethlisberger.
Right now I see the Steelers' starting offensive line being LT Marcus Gilbert, LG David DeCastro, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG Ramon Foster and RT Willie Colon.
The Steelers can only hope now that Marcus Gilbert makes the transition to left tackle, and that Maurkice Pouncey and Willie Colon stay healthy for a full season.
The top need for the Steelers now becomes finding a replacement for Casey Hampton and they could look in the second round for a guy like Alameda Ta’amu, Josh Chapman or Mike Martin.
Even though the Steelers got a steal in the first round with DeCastro, they still have nine more picks in this draft and need to acquire quality depth at a lot of positions.
We as fans can only hope that the rest of the draft goes as well as Day 1 just went for the Pittsburgh Steelers.