David DeCastro, G, Stanford
6-foot-5, 316 pounds
Draft projection: first round
Lowdown: DeCastro is the top-rated interior offensive lineman in the 2012 draft after starting 39 of 39 games the past three years at Stanford and earning unanimous All-America honors last fall. DeCastro, who is leaving college a year early, was the roommate of QB Andrew Luck. DeCastro is from the Seattle area but his parents are South African. Both is father and grandfather played rugby for the University of Cape Town. DeCastro never played rugby and didn’t play football until ninth grade. He is known for his intensity. He refuses to high-five teammates after good plays. He has a 20-inch neck and lifted 225 pounds 34 times, third best among offensive linemen and tied for 12th best overall at the NFL Scouting Combine, DeCastro majored in management sciences/engineering and will graduate this spring. “It’s just a fancy term for a business degree,” he said.
Quote: “I think with DeCastro, when you get him, you're going to plug him in Day One, and he's going to be your starting guard,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. “Of course, the exception could be injury or free agency. But he could be your starting for the next 10 years.”
(The News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.)