Tuesday, April 17, 2012
710ESPN Seattle audio: DeCastro thoughts
By Mike Sando
NFL teams rarely select offensive guards among the top overall choices in a given draft.
Mike Pouncey (15th 2011) and Mike Iupati (17th in 2010) were the only projected guards drafted among the top 17 overall selections in the last 10 drafts.
Before that, Steve Hutchinson was on a short list of highly drafted guards as the 17th player chosen in 2001.
So, how seriously would the Seahawks consider selecting a guard, David DeCastro, with the 12th overall choice this year?
Kevin Calabro, Jim Moore and I spent about 10 minutes Monday discussing that and other issues relating to the Seahawks on 710ESPN Seattle (audio here).
History says 12th overall is earlier than teams select guards, but I would not rule out the possibility.
The Seahawks did not value guards at a high level, in theory, when Mike Holmgren and Ted Thompson decided to select Hutchinson. But they obviously thought Hutchinson was good enough to warrant an exception. On a side note, current Seahawks general manager John Schneider was the Seahawks' player personnel director at the time.
Note: The chart shows guards drafted among the top-17 overall picks since 1995. Robert Gallery and other tackles have moved to guard during their NFL careers. The chart shows only those players drafted as guards. Damien Woody, chosen 17th overall by New England in 1999, was a candidate for inclusion. He was drafted as a center, however.