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David DeCastro
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DeCastro with the Pittsburgh Steelers playing against the Green Bay Packers
No. 66     Pittsburgh Steelers
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-01-11) January 11, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Seattle, Washington
High School: Bellevue (WA)
Career information
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Debuted in 2012 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
* Pittsburgh Steelers ( 2012–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Unanimous All-American (2011)
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2010, 2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Games played     19
Games started     18

David DeCastro (born January 11, 1990) is an American football guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Stanford University, and earned All-American honors. The Steelers selected him in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and was considered one of the best guards prospects available.[1]

Early yearsEdit

DeCastro was born in Bellevue, Washington. Of South African descent,[2] DeCastro grew up in Bellevue, where he attended Bellevue High School, where he was teammates with Stephen Schilling. He grew up a Seahawks fan, idolizing Steve Hutchinson.[3] Considered a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, he was listed as the No. 11 center in the class of 2008.[4] He chose Stanford over offers from Washington, Washington State, and Oregon State.

College careerEdit

DeCastro attended Stanford University in Stanford, California, where he was a member of the Stanford Cardinal football team from 2008 to 2011. He did not play in any games as a freshman in 2008. As a redshirt freshman in 2009 he started all 13 games at right guard. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection and a first team freshman All-American by College Football News.[5] As a sophomore in 2010 he started all 13 games and was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection.[6] Following his junior season in 2011, he was again a first-team Pac-12 selection, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American. Afterward he decided to forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

Professional careerEdit

2012 NFL DraftEdit

In October 2011, Sports Illustrated′s Tony Pauline ranked him as the No. 17 prospect on his midseason draft board.[7] As the season progressed, he solidified that status as a first-round draft pick, being projected anywhere from No. 11 to No. 24 in pre-combine mock drafts.[8][9][10] In a decent performance at the NFL Combine, DeCastro impressed scouts with "excellent movement skills."[11] Still considered the top guard prospect available in the draft,[12] he drew comparisons to Steve Hutchinson.[13]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4⅝ in 316 lb32⅜ in10 in 5.43 s 4.56 s 7.30 s 29.5 in 8 ft 2 in 34 reps

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

The Pittsburgh Steelers chose DeCastro with the 24th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the first offensive guard taken in the first round by the Steelers since Kendall Simmons in 2002. In the third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, DeCastro injured both his right ACL and MCL. After DeCastro was carted off the field, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin stated that the injury was a "potentially severe" right knee injury. While engaged with Bills defensive tackle, Marcell Dareus, DeCastro's teammate, offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, fell on his right leg thus causing the injury.[14] On November 26, DeCastro was activated to the active roster, while Gilbert was placed on injured reserve.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. NFL Draft Scout
  2. Thamel, Pete (October 19, 2011). "They Turn On the Power". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/sports/ncaafootball/stanfords-offense-is-built-on-rock-solid-linemen.html.
  3. Lourie, Steven. "David DeCastro Interview". http://www.footballfanspot.com/daviddecastro.htm. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  4. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-1827
  5. 2009 CFN All-Freshman Team
  6. Coaches All-Pac-10 teams announced
  7. Pauline, Tony (October 24, 2011). "Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson high in midseason NFL draft rankings". SI.com. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/tony_pauline/10/24/top.50/.
  8. Lande, Russ (February 9, 2012). "First-round board fluctuates as Combine approaches". Sporting News. http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-02-09/nfl-mock-draft-first-round-board-fluctuates-as-combine-approaches.
  9. Banks, Don (February 22, 2012). "2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0". SI.com. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/don_banks/02/22/2012.nfl.mock.draft.2/index.html.
  10. Brooks, Bucky (February 24, 2012). "Skill positions dominate top six picks". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012/mock-drafts/bucky-brooks/75000.
  11. "DeCastro's solid performance should make him top-20 pick". Sporting News. February 25, 2012. http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-02-25/2012-nfl-scouting-combine-decastros-solid-performance-should-make-him-top-20-pic.
  12. "Draft positional series: Offensive tackles, guards, centers". CBSSports.com. March 31, 2012. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/18193908/draft-positional-series-offensive-tackles-guards-centers.
  13. O'Neil, Danny (February 26, 2012). "Stanford's quiet David DeCastro draws comparisons to Steve Hutchinson". Seattle Times. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/seahawks/2017605856_combinenotes27.html.
  14. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000054841/article/steelers-david-decastro-injures-acl-mcl-vs-bills?module=HP11_headline_stack
  15. Hanzus, Dan (2012-11-26). "Steelers' David DeCastro activated; Marcus Gilbert to IR". National Football League. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000101543/article/steelers-activate-rookie-decastro-move-gilbert-to-ir. Retrieved 2012-11-26.

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