Pittsburgh Steelers: 15 greatest first-round picks of all-time

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David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers
David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Steelers 2012 first-round pick: G David DeCastro

When David DeCastro left Stanford in 2012, he was already a unanimous All-American and two-time All-Pac-12 member. But heading to the 2012 NFL Draft, he was one of the hottest commodities and a player every Steelers fan wanted to be on their team.

The No. 24 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, DeCastro came to a team much in need of some finishing pieces to their offensive line. Pittsburgh had one of the league’s strongest defenses, a Pro Football Hall of Fame level quarterback and some of the brightest young stars in the AFC.

What they needed most, though, was that interior lineman to hold the pieces together. They found that in DeCastro. So far, he’s proven to be everything this team could have asked for and more.

Through the 2017 NFL season, DeCastro has been named a three-time Pro Bowler, two-time First-Team All-Pro and one-time Second-Team All-Pro. At age-31, he’s played in 125 NFL games and continues to be the strongest part of Pittsburgh’s formidable offensive line.

The future appears just as bright as the road behind for the veteran offensive guard. As Pittsburgh continues to hunt for the seventh Lombardi Trophy, DeCastro will be the driving force along the Steelers offensive line.