Stanford's David DeCastro is a first round pick, but does anybody know where he will land?
Though there is little doubt that DeCastro is the best offensive guard available in the 2012 draft, the majority of mock drafts currently have him landing outside of the first ten picks.
First, the Kansas Chiefs at No. 11 is a possible destination for DeCastro. The team's official website is currently holding a contest for fans to predict the team's first three picks — DeCastro is the leading vote-getter. CBS Sports' Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both have DeCastro going to the Chiefs.
The Arizona Cardinals, the very next team after the Chiefs could grab DeCastro at No. 12. SB Nation's Ryan Van Bieber has simple reasoning in his latest mock draft:
Arizona's line needs help all over. DeCastro is far better than any offensive tackle prospect on the board after Kalil.
Another possibility is the Dallas Cowboys at No. 14. If DeCastro falls to the Cowboys. A recent report by Sports Illustrated's Peter King reveals the Cowboys could be deciding between DeCastro and Alabama safety Mark Barron. If the Cowboys do pass on DeCastro, it will be because they can upgrade at offensive guard in later rounds.
What if he gets pass the Cowboys? The New York Jets at No. 16 might be looking at DeCastro to replace right tackle Wayne Hunter.
DeCastro is considered one of the best guard prospects in years, but the buzz in league circles is that the Jets could draft him as a right tackle to replace Wayne Hunter. That would go against conventional thinking. DeCastro has the frame to play right tackle, but he lacks the athleticism and arm length (33 inches) to excel at the position, according to ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. (Via: ESPN New York)
ESPN's draft experts currently have DeCastro dropping out of the top 15. Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay has him going to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 17.
David DeCastro 2012 NFL Draft Profile (via sbnnfl)
Talk about DeCastro with Stanford football fans at Rule of Tree.