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Number 52 keeps Andrew Luck clean
DeCastro, a redshirt junior, could jump to the NFL in 2012. He’s been keeping QB Andrew Luck clean for three years as the Cardinal's starting RG.
Should DeCastro declare for the draft, he will be a lock in the first round.
One of the quickest guards in the class, DeCastro is an outstanding pass blocker who has mastered every technique needed to protect his QB. He sets a great anchor and can stop a defender in his tracks, or he can redirect a speed rusher beyond the pocket.
DeCastro has great vision and hands. He can disengage one defender and reengage a second defender or a blitzing LB when needed, using a great punch on both ends.
DeCastro can over-extend his arms while pass blocking, on occasion, but recovers quickly when beat initially.
DeCastro is a road grader in run blocking who keeps a defender squared up with power and balance. He has some of the best footwork that I have ever seen when pulling and attacking the edge with speed that is breathtaking.
Blocking in the second level, DeCastro blows up defenders like rag dolls.
He’s smart, has a great work ethic, plays to the whistle and is seldom taken off his feet.
If DeCastro has a flaw, it’s having a defender locked onto one shoulder, where he seems to get turned a little too easily. In the NFL, opponents will work on getting inside his outstretched arms and attack a shoulder.
This flaw will be coached out of him at the next level. For now, DeCastro looks like an NFL-ready guard who is primed for a great career.