NFL Draft 2012: Pittsburgh Steelers Earn High Marks for David DeCastro

Chris GazzeCorrespondent IApril 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Offensive lineman David DeCastro of Stanford participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Could the 2012 NFL draft fallen any better for the Pittsburgh Steelers? No 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.


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