David DeCastro

Today at The Football Fan Spot, we have David DeCastro, a guard prospect out of Stanford. He spent 3 years at Stanford as the starting right guard, starting as a freshman in 2009. He helped pass protect for Andrew Luck (sacked 23 times in 3 seasons), as well as run blocking for three top-20 running games (10th in 2009, 18th in 2010, 20th in 2011). In 2010, he was a 2nd team All-American and a unanimous 1st team All-American in 2011.
He declared for the draft this year as a junior. Some consider him the best interior line prospect since Steve Hutchinson went 17th overall in 2001 and the safest pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He is a virtual top-20 pick lock and could go as high as 11 to Kansas City. Other options include 12 to Seattle, 13 to Arizona, 17 to Cincinnati, 18 to San Diego, 19 to Chicago, or 20 to Tennessee. If he goes in the top 14, he would be the highest drafted true interior lineman since Colorado’s Chris Naoele went 10th overall in 1997.

He has a bright future ahead of him. Today, he is here to tell us about his game and his Pre-NFL Draft experience.

The Football Fan Spot: First, a little bit of background stuff, when did you start playing football?

David DeCastro: I started playing in high school.

The Football Fan Spot: Who were some of your favorite players to watch as a kid? Favorite team to watch?

David DeCastro: I’m from Seattle so I always liked watching the Seahawks especially when they had Steve Hutchinson.

TFFS: It’s been roughly 2 or 3 months since the end of your season. In what ways, if any, do you think you’ve improved since the end of the season?

DD: I’ve been training hard so definitely getting bigger stronger and faster.

TFFS: Which NFL teams have met with you up to this point?

DD: I met with a good amount at the combine.

TFFS: I have always found it very interesting to ask prospects what round they believe they will be drafted in, so, honestly, putting aside where you think you should be drafted, what draft range do you think you will be drafted in?

DD: I honestly I could care less. People ask me this and I tell them the same thing every time. Why bother trying to figure out something that you have no control over. I’d rather spend my time and energy focusing on the things I can control and can get better at that will allow me the potential to be drafted as high as possible.

TFFS: Who do you compare yourself most to in the NFL? Is there anyone you model your game after?

DD: I like to try and imitate guys like Steve Hutchinson, Alan Faneca and Logan Mankins.

TFFS: Were you satisfied with your Combine performance? Which drills do you think best displayed your abilities?

DD: For the most part I thought I did ok. I wasn’t happy with my forty. Could’ve done better on the broad. Vert was about right. 3 cone was solid. Short shuttle I stumbled and I could’ve sworn that we were going to be given two tries. Bench was ok.

TFFS: What is your biggest weakness or thing you need to work on most?

DD: There are plenty of things. But I need to focus most on anything technical. Using my hands both in the run and pass game with better placement and having better center of balance.

TFFS: How do you plan to spend draft day? What’s the first thing you’ll do once you get drafted?

DD: Haven’t thought that far ahead.

TFFS: One final question, if an NFL GM were standing right in front of you and asked you, why should we draft you, what would you say to him?

DD: Hopefully they already know the answer to that question or I wouldn’t be in that position.




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