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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette tweeted that DeCastro signed a four-year deal with a fifth-year option.
The no. 24 pick overall was seen as the best interior offensive lineman prospect in the draft and the best one to come along in years. DeCastro will more than likely slide right into one of the guard spots - most likely Doug Legursky's left guard spot - and start right away for the Steelers on what is shaping up to be an imposing line in front of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
DeCastro gave up only one sack during his entire college career and his intense demeanor should fit right into a Steelers' culture of professionalism, grit and passion.
Oh, and he'll help keep Roethlisberger off his backside, which is always a good thing if you're a Steelers fan.
To discuss DeCastro with Stanford football fans, check out Rule of Tree.
Stanford was the team that put Bay Area prospects in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Is it Cal's turn in 2013?
Keenan Allen is a pretty impressive player to watch and is definitely the best talent on the California Golden Bears going into the 2012 college football regular season. Allen possesses excellent route-running skills, great athleticism, and ability to adjust to poor throws. There's a lot of potential for Allen to become a number one receiving option in an NFL offense immediately, and he's expected to turn pro after his junior season.
Ryan Van Bibber released his first mock draft for 2013, and it has Allen going 10th overall in this draft. Allen ends up with the St. Louis Rams here, as they're in need of a top option for Sam Bradford to throw the football toward.
The Rams added depth and some good role players at the position. Now, they can finally add a true No. 1 to the roster.
Allen on the Rams would make quite a lot of sense, and you have to figure that Allen could be a top option on multiple teams.
Two Stanford Cardinal were picked with the first two selections by the Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Andrew Luck was taken with the first overall pick, and tight end Coby Fleener was taken in the second round with the 34th overall pick. Luck and Fleener are familiar with each other as they've been good in the passing game
The Colts didn't get a perfect grade, but they did alright, and much of that has to do with the selection of the two Cardinal players. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated files this report card.
I would like to have seen an earlier WR pick, but getting the electric T.Y. Hilton (92) and a pair of tight ends (Coby Fleener at 34 and Dwayne Allen at 64) gives Andrew Luck some nice weapons — and provides the Colts a nice offensive base. Don’t sleep on RB Vick Ballard (170).
Luck and Fleener could be the first building blocks along with Hilton and Allen as part of the new Colts offense.
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With the No. 219 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings picked California Golden Bears defensive end Trevor Guyton. Guyton is now the third Cal defensive lineman to be picked in as many years, joining Tyson Alulau (drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round in 2010) and Cameron Jordan (drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round in 2011).
Guyton had big shoes to fit in as he had to replace Jordan as the dominant defensive end at Cal, but he did his best to fill in that role. Guyton proved he could be stout in run defense while occasionally zone-dropping to watch short and intermediate routes. He wasn't an outstanding pass rusher, but he did manage to put up some great numbers. He is a solid mid-round prospect at defensive end and could very well be a good pickup at the spot he was picked up at.
He'll join a Vikings team that has long been known for its strong defensive line play, but is certainly getting up there in age. It's likely that Guyton will have a big chance to compete for playing time early on.
With the No. 166 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals took Cal wide receiver Marvin Jones. Jones probably wasn't high on the radar of many teams in this draft, but his offseason was outstanding. Jones showed off great pro skills at the Senior Bowl and proved that he was among the best available talents in this draft. Cincinnati just added a reliable receiver who could be No. 2 behind A.J. Green, a 2011 first-round pick.
Jones possesses many of the important pro-style receiving attributes. He knows how to run all the required routes and excels at going inside or outside. He can be an occasional end-around threat to stretch the field but is more suited for going down the field, either in the slot or as a flanker. Jones is solid at blocking on running plays as well, helping open up holes for one of the better running attacks in the Pac-12. Jones did struggle with drops, but for the most part he excelled as a top-flight wideout alongside Keenan Allen.
Jones finished in the historical top ten among all Cal players in receiving yards, receptions, and receiving touchdowns despite not once having a good quarterback throwing him the football. Could he be that productive at the next level?
The Bay Area piled up five more draft picks in the second and third rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft, so who is left from the Cal and Stanford draft boards that could be picked up?
Other dark horse possibilities from the Bay Area include Stanford safety Delano Howell, Stanford defensive end Matt Masifilo, Stanford safety Jonathan Bademosi, Cal strong safety Sean Cattouse, Cal free safety D.J. Campbell, Cal defensive end Ernest Owusu, Cal inside linebacker D.J. Holt, and Cal tight end Anthony Miller.
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Five Bay Area football players were taken in the second and third rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft, with three being taken from Cal and two from Stanford. How good a fit are these players in their new NFL teams? We grade them below.
Stanford tight end Coby Fleener came off the board first, where he'll join his college teammate Andrew Luck on the Stanford Cardinal. Fleener is a solid pass-catcher out of the backfield and figures to be one of Luck's primary targets. The Colts also drafted another tight end in the third round in Clemson's Dwayne Allen, so it does seem like Indy is trying to replicate those multiple tight end sets for Luck to try and keep him comfortable in what figures to be a difficult rookie season. Grade: A-
Cal offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz went soon after to the Cleveland Browns, where he joins former Golden Bear teammate Alex Mack. Schwartz played a lot of left tackle in college, but is probably better-suited for the right side where he can grind play after play for Cleveland and help open up that running game for Trent Richardson. Schwartz is an unglamorous pick, but very solid at the spot the Browns picked him. Grade: B+
Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks ended up with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he will hopefully shore up the needs for Philly in plugging up their interior. Philadelphia really struggled with defending the run last year, as teams carved up their Wide Nine front because the linebacking corps wasn't good enough. Kendricks is a big upgrade for Philadelphia. Grade: A.
Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has to be disappointed he fell out of the first round all the way to mid-level second round, but he's in a good spot with the Miami Dolphins to try and prove his doubters wrong. Martin will get a chance to start immediately at right tackle instead of handling the much more high-pressure left tackle spot. Grade: B
The Jacksonville Jaguars fans might not be happy, but Bryan Anger works out perfectly for these guys. The Jaguars offense was downright Mesozoic last season, meaning they'll probably need a good punter to keep their team in football games next year. And Anger gets drafted in the third round, which works out great for Anger. Grade: A+++
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You probably weren't expecting a punter to be drafted this early. Probably the only one who was expected to get drafted somewhere was the punter who just got picked, one Bryan Anger from California. Anger was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 70th pick in the 3rd round overall.
Anger boomed 60 yards per punt at the East-West Shrine Game and was an All Pac-12 First Team special teams selection in his final three seasons with the Bears. His average of 43.5 yards per punt is second behind only Scott Tabor in Cal football history. He was on the Ray Guy Award list each of his four seasons as the best college punter out there, and twice was a semifinalist in 2008 and 2010.
Anger was so confident that he was going to get drafted he had planned a party for tomorrow. It now appears he wasn't confident enough. He should've planned it for today.
This is a bit old, but you can see the potential Anger has from his freshman campaign.
Check up on more SB Nation To discuss the draft with Jaguars fans, head on over to Big Cat Country. To talk about Anger with Cal fans, hit up the California Golden Blogs. Talk about mock drafts in general, hit up Mocking The Draft.
With the No. 46 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to go with Mychal Kendricks, one of Cal's most dynamic and explosive linebackers in recent memory. Kendricks is one of the most intriguing talents out there at linebacker who can play either inside or outside. He possessed excellent run stopping ability, can rush the passer, and play in the open field in pass coverage to either disrupt passers or tackle receivers.
Kendricks was flying under-the-radar for most of the season, but then he excelled at the NFL Combine, posting the fastest 40 time by a linebacker since 2000 and also posting great numbers in the broad and the vertical jump. Kendricks won 2011 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Honors after leading one of the best defenses in the conference at Cal. Kendricks could be a huge defensive asset and might be a challenger to crack the starting rotation.
He joins a Philadelphia defense that hasn't lived up to expectations with its star-studded roster of elite cornerbacks.
With the No. 42 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins decided to go with Jonathan Martin, the left tackle that protected Andrew Luck's blind side the past several seasons at Stanford. He'll now go to Miami where he'll protect Ryan Tannehill, who the Dolphins drafted in the first round.
Martin helped anchor Stanford's top-notch offensive line to keep their quarterback upright, as the Cardinal ranked in the top ten in sacks allowed the past three season. Martin's ability to lead block or seal the outside also helped Stanford's rushing game to achieve top numbers as well. It's unclear whether Martin is best suited to be a left tackle or a right tackle on the next level. Martin has a lot of strength but might struggle with elite pass rushers, which probably makes him a better fit on the right.
Martin was the second Cardinal linemen drafted, joining offensive guard David DeCastro. Luck was a great quarterback, but he received a lot from his pass protection to ensure that he stayed great.
With the No. 37 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns decided to go with Cal offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Schwartz was Cal's most steady lineman during a period of upheaval for the Bears offensively, and he provided a modicum of stability on the outside. While the rest of Cal's offensive line struggled to improve or even flat out play right, Schwartz was a rock and was very difficult for even the best of Pac-12 defenders to get past.
Schwartz was overshadowed by his Pac-12 contemporaries in Matt Kalil and Jonathan Martin, both of whom were drafted higher than him this year. Still, Schwartz could very well be just as productive as both of them. Schwartz played all 51 games he could suit up for as a Bears and was named the team's Cal's most valuable offensive lineman his final three seasons. Schwartz was good at lead blocking at tackle and played a lot in zone blocking schemes in a pro-style offense at Cal. He didn't stand out as a pass rusher, but held his own against opponents like Nick Perry of USC.
With the No. 34 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts have selected Coby Fleener, top tight end prospect for the Stanford Cardinal. Fleener is perhaps the most complete tight end out there in this draft, catching passes for Andrew Luck and helping block things out for the potent Cardinal rushing attack. Now, Fleener will team back up with Luck, who was taken first overall by the Colts.
With Doug Baldwin and Ryan Whalen departing for the NFL last year, Fleener had to shoulder more of the load for the Stanford passing offense, piling up a team-high ten receiving touchdowns. With Chris Owusu injured much of the year and no other deep vertical passing threats to rely on, Luck had to rely on the impressive tight end trio of Fleener, Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo to power up their passing game, and Stanford still racked up a passing efficiency that was top five overall. It remains to be seen whether Fleener will start on his new team or be part of a tight end rotation.
Here's what Mocking The Draft had to say about Fleener in their scouting report:
Final word: Throughout the offsesaon process, Fleener has become everyone's favorite tight end. He's got impressive size, great straight-line speed. His strengths are evident. But Fleener is more of a receiving tight end than anything else. He's a little behind as a blocker and not overly elusive after the catch. Fleener is probably be the first tight end drafted, but he'll need to be put in the right situation to be fully utilized.
The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft consisted of lots of twists, turns and trades around every corner, setting up an exciting second day of action at Radio City Music Hall on Friday.
Many names on many a first round mock draft did not get called on Thursday, including Stanford tight end Coby Fleener and offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, a pair of players that certainly have first round talents. Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw also remains on the board, a player projected to go much earlier in the draft.
Our friends over at Mocking the Draft have taken notice, updating their top 100 players list accordingly after the first round.
Below is what is left of MTD's Dan Kadar's 100 best available:
11. Courtney Upshaw | 6'2 1/2, 273 pounds | Outside linebacker/end | Alabama
13. Devon Still | 6'5, 312 pounds | Defensive tackle | Penn State
15. Jonathan Martin | 6'6, 305 pounds | Offensive tackle | Stanford
16. Peter Konz | 6'5, 313 pounds | Center | Wisconsin
23. Brandon Thompson | 6'2, 310 pounds | Defensive tackle | Clemson
25. Cordy Glenn | 6'5 1/2, 346 pounds | Tackle/guard | Georgia
27. Janoris Jenkins | 5'10, 183 pounds | Cornerback | North Alabama
28. Andre Branch | 6'5, 260 pounds | Defensive end | Clemson
29. Lavonte David | 6'1, 220 pounds | Outside linebacker | Nebraska
30. Dwayne Allen | 6'4, 255 pounds | Tight end | Clemson
33. Coby Fleener | 6'5 3/4, 247 pounds | Tight end | Stanford
34. Alshon Jeffery | 6'4, 232 pounds | Wide receiver | South Carolina
35. Vinny Curry | 6'3, 265 pounds | Defensive end | Marshall
39. Lamar Miller | 5'11, 211 pounds | Running back | Miami
40. Kelechi Osemele | 6'5 3/8, 333 pounds | Tackle/guard | Iowa State
41. Jamell Fleming | 5'11, 192 pounds | Cornerback | Oklahoma
42. Orson Charles | 6'2 1/2, 251 pounds | Tight end | Georgia
45. Mohamed Sanu | 6'2, 215 pounds | Wide receiver | Rutgers
46. Jerel Worthy | 6'3, 305 pounds | Defensive tackle | Michigan State
47. Zach Brown | 6'1 3/8, 236 pounds | Outside linebacker | North Carolina
49. Amini Silatolu | 6'3, 324 pounds | Tackle/guard | Midwestern State
50. Mike Adams | 6'7, 323 pounds | Offensive tackle | Ohio State
52. Josh Chapman | 6'1, 310 pounds | Defensive tackle | Alabama
53. Josh Robinson | 5'10, 192 pounds | Cornerback | Central Florida
54. Bernard Pierce | 6'0, 218 pounds | Running back | Temple
55. Rueben Randle | 6'4, 208 pounds | Wide receiver | LSU
56. Ladarius Green | 6'6, 230 pounds | Tight end | Louisiana-Lafayette
58. Alfonzo Dennard | 5'10, 205 pounds | Cornerback | Nebraska
59. Bobby Wagner | 6'0, 241 pounds | Middle linebacker | Utah State
60. Dwight Jones | 6'4, 220 pounds | Wide receiver | North Carolina
61. Markelle Martin | 6'1, 198 pounds | Free safety | Oklahoma State
62. Brock Osweiler | 6'8, 240 pounds | Quarterback | Arizona State
63. Alameda Ta'amu | 6'3, 330 pounds | Defensive tackle | Washington
64. Leonard Johnson | 5'10, 202 pounds | Cornerback | Iowa State
65. James-Michael Johnson | 6'1 1/8, 249 pounds | Middle linebacker | Nevada
66. Brandon Boykin | 5'10, 184 pounds | Cornerback | Georgia
67. George Iloka | 6'3, 213 pounds | Free safety | Boise State
68. Kendall Reyes | 6'4, 300 pounds | Defensive tackle | Connecticut
69. Zebrie Sanders | 6'5, 307 pounds | Offensive tackle | Florida State
70. Marvin McNutt | 6'2, 215 pounds | Wide receiver | Iowa
71. Chris Polk | 5'11, 222 pounds | Running back | Washington
72. Brandon Washington | 6'4, 320 pounds | Tackle/guard | Miami
73. Derek Wolfe | 6'4 7/8, 286 pounds | Defensive tackle Cincinnati
74. Joe Adams | 5'10 1/2, 174 pounds | Wide receiver | Arkansas
75. Jared Crick | 6'4, 285 pounds | Defensive end/tackle | Nebraska
76. Bobby Massie | 6'6, 312 pounds | Offensive tackle | Mississippi
77. Brian Quick | 6'3 1/2, 222 pounds | Wide receiver | Appalachian State
78. Kirk Cousins | 6'3, 205 pounds | Quarterback | Michigan State
79. Michael Egnew | 6'5 1/4, 252 pounds | Tight end | Missouri
80. Stephen Hill | 6'4, 206 pounds | Wide receiver | Georgia Tech
81. Mychal Kendricks | 5'11, 240 pounds | Middle linebacker | California
82. Travis Lewis | 6'2, 232 pounds | Outside linebacker | Oklahoma
83. Mitchell Schwartz, 6'5 1/8, 317 pounds | Offensive tackle | California
84. Robert Turbin | 5'9, 215 pounds | Running back | Utah State
85. Brandon Brooks | 6'4 5/8, 353 pounds | Guard | Miami (Ohio)
87. Jonathan Masaquoi | 6'2, 270 pounds | Defensive end | Troy
88. Chase Minniefield | 6'0, 185 pounds | Cornerback | Virginia
89. Marvin Jones | 6'1 7/8, 198 pounds | Wide receiver | California
90. Antonio Allen | 6'1, 202 pounds | Strong safety | South Carolina
91. Terrell Manning | 6'3, 233 pounds | Outside linebacker | North Carolina State
92. LaMichael James | 5'9, 195 pounds | Running back | Oregon
93. Chris Givens | 6'0, 195 pounds | Wide receiver | Wake Forest
94. Cam Johnson | 6'3 3/8, 267 pounds | Defensive end | Virginia
95. Josh Norman | 6'0, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Coastal Carolina
97. Isaiah Pead | 5'10, 197 pounds | Running back | Cincinnati
98. Trumaine Johnson | 6'2, 204 pounds | Cornerback | Montana
99. Mike Martin | 6'1 1/4, 307 pounds | Defensive tackle | Michigan
100. Ben Jones | 6'2, 304 pounds | Center | Georgia
101. Winston Guy | 6'1, 210 pounds | Strong safety | Kentucky
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The 2012 NFL Draft saw two Bay Area players picked in the first round, both from the Stanford Cardinal. Quarterback Andrew Luck was picked first overall by the Indianapolis Colts, and offensive guard David DeCastro was picked 24th by the Pittsburgh Steelers. There were as many as four Stanford players who had a chance to be picked yesterday, but only Luck and DeCastro ended up getting the call.
The two remaining Stanford players should have a good shot at getting picked Friday night in either the second or third round.
Other than the Stanford players, a few Cal players are candidates to be picked (although they're not quite as open and shut as the Cardinal players)
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On Friday, the second and third rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft will take place in New York City. The first round on Thursday provided no shortage of shocks and head-scratchers, so the next two rounds should be every bit as dramatic. What's more, the Oakland Raiders will finally receive their first pick in this year's draft, so anything is possible. Where will Stanford tight end Coby Fleener wind up? Will anyone take a gamble on Vontaze Burfict or Chris Owusu?
The 49ers also have lots more work left to do after selecting A.J. Jenkins in the first round. Now that their wide receiver needs should be met, which position will they look to beef up next? Who will be the first California Golden Bears player to be selected? The only way to find out, of course, is to watch.
Time: The second day of the 2012 NFL Draft will begin at 4:00 p.m. PT and will go until 8:30 p.m. PT.
TV: Once again, the event will be simulcast on both ESPN and the NFL Network.
Commentators: On ESPN, Chris Berman will host the desk at Radio City Music Hall, along with analysts Mel Kiper and Jon Gruden. Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Suzy Kolber will provide additional reporting.
On the NFL Network, Rich Eisen will be joined by a cadre of network analysts.
Online Coverage: NFL.com will once again carry the NFL Network feed. You can find the live stream coverage of Day 2 here, starting at 3:30 p.m. PT.
With the No. 24 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers have selected David DeCastro, the imposing offensive guard from the Stanford Cardinal. DeCastro is considered the best interior offensive lineman out available in this draft and should be immediately plugged into a team system and ready to play ASAP.
DeCastro was named a unanimous All-American in 2011, and anchored an offensive line in the middle that powered some of the best college rushing attacks in Stanford football history, helping the Cardinal to record rushing seasons all while Andrew Luck was the anchor of the offense. DeCastro is already an excellent run blocker, particularly as a pulling guard on the fabled Power O run call that Stanford has made their bread-and-butter play the past few seasons. He will probably need to develop his pass protecting skills, but for the most part DeCastro is one of the surer things in this draft.
Mocking The Draft had this to say about DeCastro in their scouting report:
Final word: As good of a guard prospect as there has been in years. DeCastro is quick off the line of scrimmage which helps him get under defensive linemen. He knows how to properly use his hands to keep defenders away. Instinctive against the pass rush. Plays with a nasty disposition.
It's been a foregone conclusion for quite some time. With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts had planned on taking Luck as their QB for quite some time and made the announcement earlier in this week.
Luck was a Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2010 and 2011 in leading Stanford to two consecutive BCS bowl appearances. Luck has operated in a West Coast offense at Stanford and is more than ready to play in any pro-style scheme. Stanford has been run-oriented during Luck's time and has relied heavily on solid offensive line play, but the Cardinal pass attack has still been one of the best in the nation.
Luck is very accurate, has great mobility, excellent arm strength and delivery, maintains good footwork and technique, and is mentally ahead of many other quarterbacks on the college level. He can run with the football when his options downfield are exhausted, he goes through his reads, he does almost everything you'd want from a college football quarterback prospect.
Several of Luck's teammates, including David DeCastro, Jonathan Martin and Coby Fleener are expected to go in the top two rounds as well.
There figure to be multiple Bay Area prospects who will be selected on Thursday in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Will all of them be Stanford Cardinal players?
Here are the four players most likely to be picked.
Cal do have players with a slim chance of being picked early in linebacker Mychal Kendricks, offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz and wide receiver Marvin Jones, but they're more likely to be second day guys.
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Andrew Luck should be the number one overall pick and one of many Cal and Stanford players drafted this week in the 2012 NFL Draft.
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