David DeCastro made his first Pro Bowl in 2015, and the Pittsburgh Steelers prized draft pick has become the team's best guard since Alan Faneca wore the same No. 66 in the black and gold. We focus on DeCastro in the latest capsule moving through the Steelers 90-man offseason roster.
Player: David DeCastro
In 2012 the Steelers set out to rebuild their offensive line around young center Maurkice Pouncey. They succeeded and then some when they grabbed David DeCastro from Stanford at number 24. DeCastro has improved every year earning well deserved All-Pro honors in 2015. While offensive line coach Mike Munchak deserves a ton of credit, (seriously how great was this hire?) DeCastro has proven to be quite the young player.
He is athletic with great balance for a man weighing over 300 pounds. Watch highlights of Le'Veon Bell's runs and count how many feature him running behind a pulling DeCastro. He was unlucky to miss a majority of his rookie year but has since been very healthy. Recalling former Steeler great Mike Webster, DeCastro is technically a master displaying perfect technique regularly. An added bonus? The Steelers have raised him up right since he refuses to be intimidated on the field. Ben takes a cheap shot after the whistle? You're dealing with DeCastro, as a certain Bengals linebacker found out a couple times this year.
DeCastro is in need of a new deal after this year, but there should be no qualms about getting one done and watching DeCastro wear the black and gold for many more years.
Drives lineman back
Doesn't take penalties
Athletic and nimble enough to pull quickly
Just the right amount of nasty
Can occasionally struggle to shed blocks and get downfield to block in the second level
Chances of Making the Team: 100%