Oct 15, 2011; Pullman, WA, USA; Stanford Cardinal offensive guard David DeCastro (52) looks to make a block against the Washington State Cougars during the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Draft Prospects: David DeCastro


David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 316 lbs
Arm Length: 32-3/8″
Hands: 10″
40-yard Dash: 5.43 sec
Vertical Jump: 29.5″
Broad Jump: 98″
Bench Press: 34 reps
3-cone Drill: 7.30 sec
20-yard Shuttle: 4.56 sec
Watch his combine workout here

There is little debate that David DeCastro is the top guard in this year’s draft class. In fact, he’d likely rank as the top guard in most draft classes. The Lions may not have a shot to draft DeCastro for that very reason but it would be hard to deny that he would be the best player available if he was there for the Lions with the 23rd pick.

The National Football Post has DeCastro rated as the number four overall prospect in the draft but that seems to be the high-water mark. NFL Mocks has him 11th overall, ESPN has him number 12, CBS Sports has him number 13. Interior offensive lineman aren’t generally drafted high in the first round so DeCastro could slip below his overall rank according to those draft sites but slipping all the way to 23 is probably a stretch. Still, a Lions fan intent on the team upgrading their guards can dream.

NFL Mocks includes the following summary in their scouting report on David DeCastro:

Simply put DeCastro has virtually no flaws in his game or in his personality. He should be protecting the president. He has dominated every game I have scouted. He has handled big DT’s with no problem such as Alemeda Ta’Amu and he has dominated quicker DT’s as well. He gets to the second level quickly and demolishes second level defenders which allows for many big plays. Every team could use him but I don’t see him lasting past early 20’s and he could be a top 10-15 pick due to his talent. Teams such as Titans, Chiefs, Chargers, Cowboys, Bucs, Lions, and Texans will look to pick this kid up.

David DeCastro is the type of prospect that can come in and start right away and won’t have to wait long until he can make a standing reservation at the Pro Bowl. He has the prototypical size and is technically sound – it’s no wonder that he was often used to demonstrate position drills for his group at the NFL combine last month. The combine is also the spot where the Lions showed interest in DeCastro, he was one of their interviews in Indianapolis.

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