Draft profile: G David DeCastro

April, 23, 2012
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We continue our series on players the Jets will consider with the 16th overall pick:

Player: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Height/weight: 6-foot-5, 316 pounds

Scouts, Inc., ranking: 14th

Draft projection: First round (12th to 20th)

Scouting Report: DeCastro is considered one of the best guard prospects in years, but the buzz in league circles is that the Jets could draft him as a right tackle to replace Wayne Hunter. That would go against conventional thinking. DeCastro has the frame to play right tackle, but he lacks the athleticism and arm length (33 inches) to excel at the position, according to ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. Said McShay: "You're making a mistake if you try to make him something he's not." But DeCastro recorded the best three-cone time (7.3 seconds) of any offensive lineman at the combine, so he obviously has some agility.

If it doesn't work out at right tackle, the Jets could move him to guard in 2013. Remember, LG Matt Slauson and RG Brandon Moore are entering the final year on their contracts. Food for thought. As a prospect, there's really nothing not to like. DeCastro is the complete package: Textbook technique, great intangibles and an ornery attitude on the field. New OC Tony Sparano, a former OL coach, would love to add a player like this. Some teams wouldn't take a guard as high as 16th because it's not a so-called "value" position, but if the Jets see him as a tackle ...

Key Stat: DeCastro said he gave up only one sack in his career, his freshman year to UCLA's Brian Price. DeCastro started 39 games at right guard, on an offensive line that protected his roommate, Andrew Luck, like the Secret Service. (No wisecracks.) Stanford surrendered only 24 sacks over those three seasons.

Red flags: None.

In his own words: "There's a lot to work on -- just technique in general. Football is something where you're always chasing perfection. There's a lot I can get better at -- using my hands, being more balanced ... I mean, the list goes on." (On his strengths): "I'm aggressive. I like playing football. I enjoy it. Good balance, good leverage."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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