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Is David DeCastro still one of the NFL’s premier guards heading into 2020?

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Breaking down every player one-by-one alphabetically on the Steelers current 90-man roster

NFL: AUG 25 Preseason - Titans at Steelers Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Coming up on part 25 of our 90-part series— assuming the roster does not change before we are complete— which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.

Let’s dive into one of the best offensive lineman in Steelers history:

David DeCastro

Position: G
Height: 6’ 5”
Weight: 316 lbs
College: Stanford
Draft: 1st round pick, 24th overall in 2012


2019 stats

16 Games Played
16 Starts


Contract remaining

Expires in 2021

$13,647,500 salary cap number (6.8% of total cap)

$4,897,500 dead money

$8,750,000 cap savings if cut


Likelihood of making the roster

Lock. David DeCastro is arguably the 2nd best guard in franchise history, just behind Alan Faneca. He’s not going anywhere until he decides it’s time for him to go somewhere.


2020 projection

I expect another year of All-Pro/Pro-Bowl play from DeCastro. He’s one of the NFL’s best guards and I wouldn't be surprised if he brought home more honors in 2020. With Big Ben back in the fold DeCastro, will see less pressures in 2020 than he did a year ago. The entire O-Line will have a better season, and DeCastro will again spearhead the unit.


Projected stats:

16 Games Played
16 Starts


Summary

David DeCastro could insert himself into the discussion of greatest offensive lineman in franchise history by accomplishing two things this year. First, and most importantly, win a Super Bowl. Easier said than done, but Faneca has two rings, Webster has four, and Dermontti Dawson at least played in the game. Number two is to bring his Pro-Bowl streak to 6 in-a-row, and make his 4th All-Pro team. Pushing those kind of numbers is a historic achievement, and would place DeCastro’s name among the ages greats.

Expect the Stanford alum to have another great season.


Previously Highlighted

Ola Adeniyi
Marcus Allen
Tyson Alualu
Trajan Bandy
Zach Banner
J.T. Barrett
John Battle
Jordan Berry
Saeed Blacknall
Breon Borders
Chris Boswell
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Isaiah Buggs
Devin Bush
Deon Cain
Kam Canaday
Chase Claypool
Josiah Coatney
James Conner
Anthony Coyle
Jordan Dangerfield
Amara Darboh
Carlos Davis
Christian DiLauro