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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:42 pm 
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Steelers got the best guard in the draft David DeCastro. Couldn't be happier.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:17 am 
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Further proof ... God is a Steelers fan.

Watched team after team pass on two elite offensive line prospects (Reiff and Decastro), hoping beyond hope that Decastro would fall to 24. Never thought it possible, but it became clear that most teams (Dallas, NE, etc.) were desperately trying to improve their defense and the one team clearly working to improve offense (the Clowns) were selecting skill position players, not OL.

So Decastro falls to 24. Amazing. The following points bear noting:

  • Decastro started 38 straight games.
  • Decastro startefd at RG, the position which pulls for Stanford.
  • He played in a pro-style offense. That means a lot.
  • He will fit in immediately for the Steelers at LG.
  • He can start from day one.
  • He is an absolute technician. His footwork and positioning are incredible.
  • But he is also a warrior, and extremely strong.
  • Scouting reports refer to that necessary streak of "nastiness."
  • You play nasty [cheap-shot] defenses like the Ravens, you better be nasty.

Great, great pick ... without moving up or panicking to get an elite player at a position of need.


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 Post subject: Re: NFL Draft
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:20 am 
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Bucfan wrote:
Further proof ... God is a Steelers fan.

Watched team after team pass on two elite offensive line prospects (Reiff and Decastro), hoping beyond hope that Decastro would fall to 24. Never thought it possible, but it became clear that most teams (Dallas, NE, etc.) were desperately trying to improve their defense and the one team clearly working to improve offense (the Clowns) were selecting skill position players, not OL.

So Decastro falls to 24. Amazing. The following points bear noting:

  • Decastro started 38 straight games.
  • Decastro startefd at RG, the position which pulls for Stanford.
  • He played in a pro-style offense. That means a lot.
  • He will fit in immediately for the Steelers at LG.
  • He can start from day one.
  • He is an absolute technician. His footwork and positioning are incredible.
  • But he is also a warrior, and extremely strong.
  • Scouting reports refer to that necessary streak of "nastiness."
  • You play nasty [cheap-shot] defenses like the Ravens, you better be nasty.

Great, great pick ... without moving up or panicking to get an elite player at a position of need.


I agree. Tomlin called him a right guard in the press conference, but said he will put his five best men on the field. He will be like Alan Faneca - a fixture for a decade. The Steelers now have three very good young linemen from the last three drafts - Pouncey, Gilbert and DeCastro.

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 Post subject: Re: NFL Draft
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:40 am 
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Walter Football had this to offer:

2012 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

24. David DeCastro, G, Stanford: A+ Grade
Unbelievable. The Steelers somehow land a guy who could be the top guard in the NFL over the next decade. David DeCastro could have gone as high as No. 11. It's really amazing how smart organizations like Pittsburgh can take advantage of dumb teams making stupid decisions year after year. This is the best pick of the 2012 NFL Draft thus far.

http://walterfootball.com/offseason2012pit.php


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Bucfan wrote:
Walter Football had this to offer:

2012 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

24. David DeCastro, G, Stanford: A+ Grade
Unbelievable. The Steelers somehow land a guy who could be the top guard in the NFL over the next decade. David DeCastro could have gone as high as No. 11. It's really amazing how smart organizations like Pittsburgh can take advantage of dumb teams making stupid decisions year after year. This is the best pick of the 2012 NFL Draft thus far.

http://walterfootball.com/offseason2012pit.php


Charlie Casserly said it was the biggest steal of the first round on NFL Network.

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 Post subject: Re: NFL Draft
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:28 am 
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Just stunning, Colbert seems to have this stuff happen fairly often for him (Ben, Mendenhall, and Miller) come to mind as guys who dropped into our lap. DeCastro (and Heyward) will look to make it 13 for 13 getting solid NFL players in round 1 under Colbert.

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 Post subject: Re: NFL Draft
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I understand the Steelers need to protect Big Ben, but you guys passed on Dont'a Hightower.


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 Post subject: Re: NFL Draft
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:32 am 
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Ollie wrote:
I understand the Steelers need to protect Big Ben, but you guys passed on Dont'a Hightower.


True, but DeCastro was rated higher (significantly) by every draftnick I can find. They got somewhere around the 10th-15th best player available versus the 25th best or so. Then there is need, G is much higher on the priority list than an eventual replacement for Larry Foote at ILB who only plays 2 downs in a pass first league.

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Colbert a "clutch performer", which is really just keeping your head about you when others go crazy, and make the right move without overthinking things.

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ZelieMike wrote:
Colbert a "clutch performer", which is really just keeping your head about you when others go crazy, and make the right move without overthinking things.

ZM


Colbert is good and lucky. He has not really missed on any of his first round picks.

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Ollie wrote:
I understand the Steelers need to protect Big Ben, but you guys passed on Dont'a Hightower.


I think Hightowers was the consensus pick because few, if anyone, expected DeCastro to be there @ #24.

So while Hightower would have been nice, I get the decision to pass on him.

The OL absolutely needed an upgrade.

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And they upgrade some more with Buckeye Mike Adams. First round talent, but smokes the reefer. He will get a Mike Tomlin lecture his first day.

Great picks for Steelers. They have four very good offensive lineman now. Big Ben is smiling somewhere.

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bucco boy wrote:
And they upgrade some more with Buckeye Mike Adams. First round talent, but smokes the reefer. He will get a Mike Tomlin lecture his first day.

Great picks for Steelers. They have four very good offensive lineman now. Big Ben is smiling somewhere.


Good story on Adams in the PG today, he's from Farrell and always wanted to be a Steeler. After the failed test he personally drove to Pittsburgh and met with the brass to explain. They said he was off their board, but he could get back on if he did a list of things including counseling, which he clearly completed.

Spence seems like a very good pick in the 3rd too, I've seen him as high as an early 2nd rounder on some boards predraft. He's a very quick kid (short, but stout) who can play inside.

Colbert is having a great draft so far. Seven picks today with four 7th rounders. Still need a WR, RB, CB IMO.

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The media fell in love with Hightower and they weren't far off since he was taken at 25. We could use him but O line is more imporatant.

O line has been the biggest weakness of this team for several years running. Those days are hopefully behind us now.


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There's talk that Spence may be moved to SS, too. If not, he will learn from some of the best LB's in the league, which makes his future bright.

Good to see a DT added (from UW!!!) as well.

With a re-vamped OL, (and with Mendy hurt and probably halfway out the door) it would be nice to see a RB added.

It's likely, almost certain, that Wallace will be gone after this year and a return to more 'run-first' strategy may be in order. That, or BB will need more time to go through his progressions.

Either way, the OL picks are a huge plus and allow the Steelers to open things up.

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NSMaster56 wrote:
There's talk that Spence may be moved to SS, too.


This is fans talking. He is an ILB. He will back up Timmons to start. He is undersized but not too bad considering Farrior played at 230 the past four seasons.

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maybe my steeler glasses are in my way but I see the Steelers with 3 future pro bowlers in their first 4 picks. Decastro will be a staple, Adams, although I am not thrilled about the imaturity, is still first round potential that we got in the second and I was very happy with the nose tackle from washington, I wanted us to take him in the third round but we were able to get a linebacker in the third in addition to getting our nose tackle in the 4th. Not to excited about the running back, sounds like a jerk with many character issues, we got an intelligent stanford grad in round 1 and basically threw character out the window with a few of our pics....I wanted that safety out of boise instead of rainey, but ehh we have done really good.


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