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Trained Eye: DeCastro Under The Microscope

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by RS12, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Name: David DeCastro
    Position: Guard
    College: Stanford
    Height/Weight: 6-5/316

    With the No. 14 pick, the Cowboys obviously can go in many different directions, staying put and taking the best player available, moving down a few spots or possibly trading up.
    Different players have been discussed, but we've tried to narrow the field down to just a handful of prospects. One of those is Stanford's David DeCastro, widely considered the best guard in the draft and maybe the best in recent memory. Perhaps as near to a "sure thing" as there is in this draft, he'll be a serious consideration for the Cowboys if he is available when they go on the clock.
    Former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus, the new football analyst for DallasCowboys.com, has broken down the game film on DeCastro. He watched four Stanford outings from 2011 (USC, Oregon, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State) and came away with this scouting report:

    Initial Take: Lines up at right guard for the Cardinal ... Sits really low and is quick out of his stance ... Nice slide and punch ... Good to pull and adjust. Has a little hitch when he pulls but it doesn't limit his ability to get to the outside. He does a nice job when he gets on the edge of finding his target and sustaining his block ... Really does a nice job of sealing the edge and staying on his feet. It is rare that you see him on the ground.

    Strengths: His strength is as a pass protector ...

    Name: David DeCastro
    Position: Guard
    College: Stanford
    Height/Weight: 6-5/316

    With the No. 14 pick, the Cowboys obviously can go in many different directions, staying put and taking the best player available, moving down a few spots or possibly trading up.
    Different players have been discussed, but we've tried to narrow the field down to just a handful of prospects. One of those is Stanford's David DeCastro, widely considered the best guard in the draft and maybe the best in recent memory. Perhaps as near to a "sure thing" as there is in this draft, he'll be a serious consideration for the Cowboys if he is available when they go on the clock.
    Former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus, the new football analyst for DallasCowboys.com, has broken down the game film on DeCastro. He watched four Stanford outings from 2011 (USC, Oregon, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State) and came away with this scouting report:

    Initial Take: Lines up at right guard for the Cardinal ... Sits really low and is quick out of his stance ... Nice slide and punch ... Good to pull and adjust. Has a little hitch when he pulls but it doesn't limit his ability to get to the outside. He does a nice job when he gets on the edge of finding his target and sustaining his block ... Really does a nice job of sealing the edge and staying on his feet. It is rare that you see him on the ground.

    Strengths: His strength is as a pass protector ...
  2. brooksey1

    brooksey1 Well-Known Member

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    I would also add he is the best pull/trap guard in the country. He can get to the second level in a hurry and he doesn't miss.

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