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First Round Pick David DeCastro Signs Rookie Contract

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Apr 27, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers first round draft pick David DeCastro is introduced by president Art Rooney II during a press conference at UPMC Sports Performance Complex.  Mandatory Credit: Vincent Pugliese-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 27, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers first round draft pick David DeCastro is introduced by president Art Rooney II during a press conference at UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Pugliese-US PRESSWIRE

The wait is over.

The Steelers got what is tantamount to an early Christmas present in April when Stanford OG David DeCastro fell to the No. 24 overall pick.

Felt to be one of the best guard prospects in the last several years, it was the Steelers' biggest position of need, and they wasted little time sending their pick to the commissioner at the podium.

On Monday, two days before having to report to training camp, DeCastro signed his first NFL contract.

DeCastro is all but assured the team's starting right guard position, where he played in college. His contract is reportedly for four years, with an option for a fifth year.

He replaces Ramon Foster and Doug Legursky, both of whom played right guard last year. Right tackle Willie Colon shifts from right tackle to left guard, giving the Steelers arguably the most improved offensive interior line in football.

He is the last rookie to sign a contract, meaning they will have no holdouts... unless you count veteran wide receivers who have not yet signed their RFA tenders.