Thursday, April 26, 2012
Will David DeCastro fall to the Bengals?
By Jamison Hensley
Recent draft history says Stanford guard David DeCastro will fall to the Bengals at the 17th overall pick.
No guard has been selected in the top 16 in the previous 14 drafts. Since 2001, the highest a guard has been selected was No. 17 and it's happened twice (Steve Hutchinson in 2001 and Mike Iupati in 2010).
But all of that could change this year. DeCastro is considered one of the best guard prospects in over a decade. He has been projected to go as early as No. 11 to the Kansas City Chiefs. But there is talk that the Chiefs might look to trade down and take nose tackle Dontari Poe.
DeCastro has also been linked to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 13, the Dallas Cowboys at No. 14 and the New York Jets at No. 16. Is there any team that's not interested in DeCastro in the middle of the first round?
It looks like the odds are against DeCastro dropping to the Bengals. Their fallback option at guard could be Georgia's Cordy Glenn.
Here are notes and numbers for the Bengals entering the draft, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:
- Total picks: 9 (17th, 21st, 53rd, 83rd, 116th, 156th, 166th, 167th, 191st)
- The Bengals are one of three teams with multiple first-round picks (Browns and Patriots are the others).
- The Bengals have drafted four Pro Bowl players since 2010 (A.J. Green, Andy Dalton, Jermaine Gresham, Geno Atkins), which is two more than any other team.
- Cincinnati had two rookie Pro Bowl players (Green, Dalton) last season. The Bengals were the first team with multiple rookie Pro Bowl players since the 1980 Lions had Billy Sims and Eddie Murray).
- The Bengals selected tight end Gresham with 21st pick in 2010.
- Cincinnati last had multiple first-round picks in 1998 (selected linebackers Takeo Spikes and Brian Simmons).
- The Bengals have drafted an offensive player with their past three first-round picks (Green, Gresham, Andre Smith).