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DeCastro will be RG, Foster moving to LG


David DeCastro played all 39 games he started in three years at Stanford at right guard, and is widely known for his ability to pull.

That won’t change in the pros after the Steelers selected him with their first-round pick (24th overall) last night even though the organization has historically used their left guard to pull much more than their right guard.

A source within the organization confirmed to me that the Steelers will switch Ramon Foster from right guard to left guard to make room for DeCastro with the plan of using last year’s opening-day starting right guard, Doug Legursky, as a game day backup at all three interior line positions.

Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin suggested that DeCastro would remain at right guard last night when he simply stated: “He’s a right guard.”

By putting DeCastro at right guard, it will certainly be an adjustment for Foster.

Foster has 28 career starts, 23 of which came at right guard over the Steelers’ past 26 games. Foster has only five career start at left guard and just one since his rookie year of 2009.

Over the past 14 years, and under five different offensive coordinators, the Steelers has been a heavy left-guard pulling team with the likes of Alan Faneca and Chris Kemoeatu.

With DeCastro’s strength as a pulling guard, and Foster being more of a mauler, it’s interesting that the coaching staff is set on DeCastro at right guard.

However, we don’t know how new offensive coordinator Todd Haley plans to run the offense, either. Who knows if the ‘22 Double’ will even exist in Haley’s offense?

One thing is for sure, the much-maligned offensive line will have a brand new look. Four of the Steelers’ projected five starting offensive lineman this year will be either new or in new positions.

To go along with the addition of DeCastro and the switch of Foster to left guard, Marcus Gilbert will move from right tackle to left tackle and right tackle Willie Colon will be back in the lineup after missing all but one game last year. Center Maurkice Pouncey will be the only holdover from last year’s line.

* By Mark Kaboly
* Posted: 4-27-12 at 2:29 p.m.
* MarkKaboly_Trib


Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug


  1. Mike says:

    Mark see what you think of this and put it out there on the radio stations if you can, but just look at this from a point of view of what could happen and could be. The Steelers go to the St. Louis Rams with this offer: The Steelers trade WR Mike Wallace and their 2nd round draft pick #56, to the St Louis Rams for the Rams second round picks #33, #39, and #45. Now that equates out to be a total of 1200 points on the point scale. Now if you check it out that equates to the 12th pick in the first round of a draft and looking at Mike Wallace’s numbers for his first three seasons , that would be an appropraite draft slot for Wallace. Now if the Rams would go for it, here is what the Steelers could do: 33rd pick Cordy Glenn, 39th pick Mychal Kendricks, 45th pick Ta’Amu Alameda…now that still leaves the Steelers with their 3rd, 4th, 5th ,6th and 4 7th round draft picks to build depth for the future. Or if they wanted someone that they feel is worth it the could package up a 3rd and a 4th for a higher 3rd ,. In other words if they could pull this off, this would be tantamount to the greatest Steeler draft of all times the 1974 draft…you know the one, Mike Webster, Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert etc, etc, etc the greatest draft of all time could be equaled or one better …So what do you think…Would this not be a totally awesome and very scary draft that would send shivers through the rest of the league????

  2. John G says:

    The DeCastro pick reminds me of two prior drafts where a player they liked and thought they have no chance at drafting was available and drafted them.
    In the early 1980’s the Steelers needed a wide receiver, liked Louis Lipps but thought there was no way he would be available when they drafted. The then Saint Louis Cardinals made a surprise choice of Clyde Duncan from the University of Tennesse instead of Lipps which meant Lipps was available and the Steelers drafted him. Duncan was injured early in his career, did not last long in the league and was nowhere near as good as Lipps. Saint Louis later regretted that pick of Duncan instead of Lipps and was reminded of it several times by the media and their fans. It was a shame frequent injuries caught up to Lipps mostly midway of his career along with not so good quarterback play with the Steelers at that time otherwise he would have been even better. He was from what I remember NFL Rookie of the Year.
    Another case also involved the then Saint Louis Cardinals in the mid 1980’s. The Steelers needed cornerbacks, liked Rod woodson but again thought he would be long gone where they were drafting
    and instead were focusing on cornerback Delton Hall as a predicted draft choice. The Cardinals surprisingly drafted quarterback Kelly Stouffer (spelling) from a small college in the Northwest which made the rest of the previously predicted draft unpredictable. Woodson was then available and the Steelers of course drafted him along with Delton Hall in the second round. Hall was of course not as good as Woodson as few if any cornerbacks from that era were. Still remember all the trash talking from that era between Delton Hall and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Webster Slaughter.
    Specifically remember a play were Slaughter caught a pass near the sidelines and Hall was closing in on him clearly to tackle him high and possibly hit him in his head. Slaughter saw this coming, ducked his head, and picked up good yardage of that play.

  3. Rick says:

    Going to be interesting to see if DeCastro actually is RG, but what the hey –

    They addressed OL first and strongly, if Adams can behave himself.

    Was disappointed Still (DT) got picked by Bengals, would have been nice to get him then. I am guessing that he was on the list if available.

    Third round pick interesting, would have expected a DB then, but maybe none they were interested in were worth 3rd round money.

  4. paulie raspa says:

    Thought the STEELERS had an excellent draft…. Wish we would had pick Sanu in the 3rd rd .. He was picked by Cincy and he can be a dangerous person.
    DeCastro is the next Faneca … Ta’amu will be the next BIG thing in the middle!! Rainey the RB looks to be an awesome steal too!! Mike ADAMS WILL fill in when we get rid of Jonathan Scott….
    There was no replacement type pick for the WR position which leads me to believe Wallace will be back here for the long term!!
    Bottom line –We should be 12-4 — Winners of the North and entering the playoffs in a Quest for Ring/Trophy #7!!

  5. Leefoo says:

    so maybe we can now run to BOTH sides?

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