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*David DeCastro heading into rJr season: For a general manager who claims he picks players not for needs but for wants, Kevin Colbert certainly filled plenty of needs in this draft. The Steelers' two biggest needs were offensive guards and tackles and, voila, that's what they took in the first two rounds. Their next biggest needs were inside linebacker and nose tackle and that's what they drafted in the third and fourth rounds. Rashard Mendenhall's laid up by ACL surgery, so a running back came in the fifth round. Overall, it appears the Steelers not only filled needs but did so with quality picks. They got the best guard in the draft in David DeCastro, and a tackle in the second round whom they gave a first-round grade, Mike Adams. Colbert made a nifty move by trading Pittsburgh's sixth-rounder to move 10 spots up in the fourth round and take Alameda Ta'Amu, the purest 3-4 nose tackle available. BEST PICK: Guard David DeCastro: The Steelers may have gotten a Maurkice Pouncey-like value pick, getting the best guard in the draft at No. 24. It just so happens to fill their biggest need and with DeCastro's experience and talent, he should start quickly. - The Sports Xchange
*Andrew Luck heading into rJr season: The 2012 NFL draft was the first supervised by general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano in their current positions with the team. They both came away pleased with the results. "I feel great about our picks. I feel like we were disciplined. That was the plan, stay disciplined to our (draft) board. Take the best football players we could and build this thing the right way," Grigson said afterward. The Colts' 2012 draft was heavily favored in the direction of the offense, with eight players selected. There were two defensive players picked. Indianapolis wanted to add a cornerback, but missed out on the opportunity. "It was there and we had a guy we coveted that we felt really, really good about. And he fell off the board right before we got into position to grab the guy," Pagano said. "But that's how the draft is." BEST PICK: Quarterback Andrew Luck: Smart, heady, best quarterback and best player available in the 2012 draft. He is expected to do well as the heir to Peyton Manning's legacy in Indianapolis. - The Sports Xchange
Coby Fleener heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Colts picks: 2/34 - Coby Fleener, TE, 6-6, 250, Stanford...Big, strong, fast, athletic tight end in the mold of former Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark. Can get downfield in a hurry. Former teammate of Luck's at Stanford. - The Sports Xchange
*Andrus Peat heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Saints' nine picks: Round 1/13 -- Andrus Peat, T, 6-7, 316, Stanford...The Saints wanted extra protection for Drew Brees, which came in the form of Peat, an All-America selection that started his last 27 games at left tackle. - The Sports Xchange
Owen Marecic heading into Sr season: 2010: 2010 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WINNER...Marecic was a first team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association of America. The inaugural winner of the Paul Hornung Award honoring college football's most versatile player, Marecic finished as Stanford's fifth-leading tackler with 51 stops and also had five rushing touchdowns from the fullback position...2009: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference selection for the third straight season...carried eight times for 15 yards on the year and scored four touchdowns...also caught eight passes for 132 yards and one touchdown out of the backfield...started on both sides of the ball against No. 7 Oregon...in addition to lining up at his normal fullback position, started in place of the injured Clinton Snyder at mike linebacker...has been employed on the defensive side of the ball in goal-line and short-yardage packages...2008: Garnered All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors for the second straight season...played in 11 of 12 games, missing the Oregon game with a high ankle sprain...did not have a rushing attempt but outstanding blocking skills made him a key component in Stanford's running attack that racked up the second-most ground yards in school history...2007: Earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors in his first season...jumped right into the starting lineup and made 12 starts at fullback...carried just five times for six yards and also caught four passes for 26 yards out of the backfield.
*Zach Ertz heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: 2/35 - Zach Ertz, TE, 6-5, 249, Stanford...Tight end wasn't a need at 35, but Ertz was the top available guy on the Eagles' board. Kelly is going to use a lot of two- and even three-tight end sets, and he loves the matchup problems Ertz causes for defenses with his size and speed. QUOTES TO NOTE: "I think we have a huge respect for one another, and I ended up playing against him and having a big day. I don't know if it played a factor in the decision (to draft him), but I think it might have." - TE Zach Ertz, the team's second-round pick, who caught 11 passes in a win over Chip Kelly and Oregon last season. - The Sports Xchange
Toby Gerhart heading into Sr season: 2008: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 210-1136-5.4-15; Rec: 13-114-8.8-0; 1 Sol-2 TT; Earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors after establishing a single-season Stanford record by rushing...finished third among all Pac-10 rushers behind Cal's Jahvid Best (131.7) and Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers (113.9) with 94.7 yards per game...powered a Stanford running game that ranked second in the Pac-10 and 19th nationally with a 199.6 per game average...team rushing total of 2,395 yards was the second-best single-season mark in school history...scored 15 rushing touchdowns on the season, good for second place on Stanford's all-time single-season list...recorded a Pac-10-best eight 100-yard rushing games during the season...his 15 rushing touchdowns were tied for second with Best among Pac-10 running backs (LeGarrette Blount, Oregon State; 17)...was forced to the sidelines early in the Washington game after suffering a mild concussion...named the Pac-10's Player of the Week after rushing for 116 yards and the game-winning touchdown with 25 seconds remaining against Arizona...a strained hamstring limited his effectiveness at Oregon (8 carries, 21 yards)...finished with 103 yards on 19 carries at California to earn the Frank Rehm Memorial Award as the outstanding Stanford back in the Big Game. 2007: 1 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 12-140-11.7-1; Played in only one game in 2007 due to injury, received medical redshirt for the campaign … Had a huge game versus San Jose State, rushing for a career-high 140 yards and his first career TD on just 12 carries. 2006: 12 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 106-375-3.5-0; Rec: 15-124-8.3-0; Stanford's second-leading rusher as a true freshman ... Started at UCLA ... Limited during several games midway through the season as he battled injuries.
*Jonathan Martin heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 2/42 - Jonathan Martin, OT, 6-5, 312, Stanford...The Dolphins hoped to fortify the offensive line in this draft and took this three-year starter at left tackle in the second round to do so. The Dolphins will ask him to move to the right side, where he'll compete with Lydon Murtha for the starting right tackle spot. - The Sports Xchange
*Ed Reynolds heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 5/162 - Ed Reynolds, S, 6-1, 207, Stanford...Reynolds is another high-football-IQ guy. He's a big, physical player who can play both safety spots and contribute on special teams. He has excellent tackling ability and instincts. His father, Ed Sr. was an NFL linebacker for 10 years. - The Sports Xchange
Jordan Richards heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Patriots' 11 picks: Round 2/64 - Jordan Richards, S, 5-11, 210, Stanford...Richards was the surprise pick and most questioned selection of the Patriots' draft weekend. He was universally considered a late-round pick and little more than a NFL backup as a prospect. But once again, Belichick proved he cares little what others think and took a guy who at best will compete for rotational reps at safety and special teams action. - The Sports Xchange
*David Yankey heading into rJr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Round 5/145 -- David Yankey, G, 6-4, 314, Stanford...Yankey is known as a physical player who is a strong run blocker with average foot speed. He will compete at left guard, where the Vikings are looking to replace Charlie Johnson in 2015, if not this season. Yankey also will compete with guard Jeff Baca, a sixth-round pick in 2013. - The Sports Xchange
Trent Murphy heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 2/47 -- Trent Murphy, OLB, 6-5, 250, Stanford...The Redskins traded back 13 spots to pick up an extra third-rounder and used their top pick on the lanky Murphy, who led the nation with 15 sacks last season in the Cardinals' 3-4 defense. Could give Washington leverage in contract negotiations with franchise outside linebacker Brian Orakpo if he shows some promise as a rookie backup to Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Will play inside in nickel situations this year. - The Sports Xchange
Stepfan Taylor heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 5/140 - Stepfan Taylor, RB, 5-9, 214, Stanford...Taylor is Stanford's all-time leading rusher and could contribute immediately. Rashard Mendenhall is the starter and the backup, Ryan Williams, has suffered serious injuries in both of his NFL seasons. - The Sports Xchange
*Levine Toilolo heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Falcons' picks: 4/133 - Levine Toilolo, TE, 6-8, 265, Stanford...Toilolo was used mainly as a blocker. He also caught 24 passes for 393 yards last season. He also has three uncles -- Dan Saleaumua, Edwin Mulitalo and Joe Salave'a -- who played in the NFL. "At Stanford we ran a pretty pro-style, West Coast offense," Toilolo said. "So we utilized a lot of tight ends which was big coming out of high school for me. This year we ran a lot of two tight-end sets for me and Zach (Ertz). For me, I was more of an inline tight end with my hand down the majority of the time." - The Sports Xchange
*Cameron Fleming heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 4/140 - Cameron Fleming, T, 6-6, 318, Stanford...Despite returning all five starting offensive linemen from last season, New England continued to target the spot in this year's draft by taking the right tackle out of Stanford. Fleming started all 39 games he played for the school and given that he's about to receive a degree in aeronautics and astronautics is seen as a heady player who might have the potential to bump to guard at the next level. - The Sports Xchange
Henry Anderson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Colts' eight picks: Round 3/93 - Henry Anderson, DE, 6-6, 287, Stanford...The steal of the draft? That's what many draft observers said when Indianapolis decided to take the hard-working defensive lineman from Stanford. Undersized, Anderson plays with a high motor and makes up for his lack of overall athletic skills with a hard-nosed style of play. - The Sports Xchange
Alex Fletcher heading into rSr season: 2007: Earned Second Team All-Pac-10 honors during an excellent junior campaign … Started Stanford's first 11 games in 2007 before missing the season finale versus California with an injury...2006: Alex came into the season the expected starter at one offensive guard spot, but injuries forced him to move to center … He wound up starting the first nine games of the year at center before back spasms forced him to miss the final three games of the year ... He was a 2006 Preseason First Team All-Pac-10 selection by Phil Steele's College Football Magazine as well as a Second Team selection by The Sporting News...2005: The only member of the Cardinal's offensive line to start all 11 games ... He was the team's starter at right guard for eight games, but injuries forced him to start three games at center ... Was named by Scout.com as a First Team Frosh All-American, while The Sporting News named him an honorable mention Freshman All-American and First-Team Freshman All-Pac-10 ... His teammates voted him winner of the Menlo-Atherton Trophy as the team's Most Outstanding Freshman...2004: Did not play in 2004 as a true freshman center and guard ... Winner of the Greg Piers Award as the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Service Team Player... Father, Steven, played football at Princeton.
*Alex Carter heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Lions' seven picks: Round 3/80 -- Alex Carter, CB, 6-0, 196, Stanford...The Lions gave the fifth-round pick they acquired from Denver, No. 143, to Minnesota to move up from No. 88 to take the high-upside Carter. He wasn't very productive his junior year in 2014, but teams rarely threw at him. He's strong and fast enough to play inside or outside, giving him a chance to contribute as a rookie, and could be a future option at safety. - The Sports Xchange
Chase Beeler heading into rSr season: 2009: Earned second team All-Pac-10 Conference honors in his first season as Stanford's starting center after taking over for Alex Fletcher...made a smooth transition from left guard to the center position...started all 13 games and played a key role on a line that allowed the fewest sacks (7) in the Pac-10 and helped pave the way for the top rushing attack in school history (2,837)...earned second team All-Pac-10 academic honors...recipient of the Vardell Award as the player who best combines athletics and academics...2008: Was a steady force on the offensive line that helped pave the way for the second-highest rushing total in school history...made seven starts at left guard...suffered a high-ankle sprain at Washington on Sept. 28 and missed the next three games...second team Pac-10 Conference All-Academic selection...2007: Sat out the season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules...2006: At Oklahoma: Saw action in five games and made one start as a true freshman...took 52 of his 85 snaps on the year in a start against Tulsa.
Sione Fua heading into Sr season: 2010: All Pac-10 Second Team (coaches)...Fua anchored Stanford's defensive line from the nose guard position in 2010. He earned second team All-Pac-10 recognition this year after totaling 23 tackles, including 4.5 sacks...2009: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection…started the last 11 games of the season at defensive tackle and finished with 24 tackles, including 3.0 for loss…credited with 1.5 sacks for a loss of 15 yards...2008: Returned to full-time duty after sitting out the 2007 season and was a steady contributor on Stanford’s defensive line… played in all 12 games and made seven…finished with 17 total tackles, including 11 solo efforts…ranked tied for fourth on the Cardinal defense in both tackles-for-loss (6.0) and sacks (3.0)…2007: Missed season while attending a church mission...2006: Played in all 12 games and finished with 16 tackles, including seven solo stops…also had one tackle for loss (-4 yards).
Tyler Gaffney heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 6/204 -- Tyler Gaffney, RB, 5-11, 220, Stanford...Many think one of the last things the Panthers need is another running back, but they're rightfully concerned about wear and tear on veterans DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Gaffney tried pursuing a professional baseball career for a year before returning to Stanford's football team in 2013. - The Sports Xchange
Pannel Egboh heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 33 Sol-49 TT, 13.5 TFL, 6 SK, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 3 FF, 1 BLK; Honorable Mention All--Pac 10. Led all Cardinal defensive linemen in 2007 for the second straight season with 49 tackles (tied for fifth on the club) … Ended the 2007 season with a team-best consecutive games started streak of 24 all at DE … Had 8.5 tackles for loss over a four-game stretch from October 27 - November 24 … Ranked second on the 2007 club with career-highs of 13.5 TFL (#9T Pac-10, #62T NCAA) for minus 75 yards and three forced fumbles (#4T Pac-10, at Arizona, Washington, Notre Dame) … Tied for second on the team in 2007 with 6.0 sacks (#76T NCAA) and tied for third on the club with two fumble recoveries (Oregon, at Washington State)... 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 25 Sol-45 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 SK, 1 PBU; Posted a career-high 45 tackles (25 solo, 20 assisted) to lead all Stanford defensive linemen, while tying for the team lead with 5.5 tackles-for-loss for 17 yards ... Started all 12 contests at defensive end ... 2005: 4 GP; 1 GS; 9 Sol-15 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 SK; After playing a reserve role through the first three games of the season, Pannel earned himself a spot in the starting lineup in game four at Washington State ... But, on October 8 in Pullman, Wash. - on the second to last play of the game - Pannel suffered a broken leg and was forced to miss the rest of the season ... He finished the year with 15 total tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, one quarterback sack, two pass break ups and one QB hurry ... 2004: Did not play in 2004 as a true freshman defensive end...Pronunciation: puh-NELL EGG-bow.
Matt Kopa heading into rSr season: 2008: Played in 11 games and made five straight starts at right tackle before moving over to left guard for the season finale at California…assisted in paving the way for a Stanford running game that finished second in the Pac-10 in rushing offense with a 199.6 per game mark. 2007: After making the switch from defensive line to offensive line in August, saw action in 11 games as a reserve offensive tackle and as tight end. 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 0 Sol-3 TT, 1 PBU; Backup defensive end and special teams player who played in all 12 games. 2005: Redshirted the season as a true freshman defensive tackle.
Delano Howell heading into Sr season: 2010: Second team All-Pac-10 selection...started 12 of the 13 games, missing the Washington State game with injury…made 60 total tackles, ranking fourth on the team, including 46 solo efforts...also had a team-high five interceptions...registered eight tackles, an interception and fumble recovery against Oregon...credited with four tackles, including a sack, against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, also recorded his first career sack and fifth interception of the season in the third quarter, thwarting a Hokie drive at the 3-yard line. 2009: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection played in 12 games, starting 11, despite moving from running back to strong safety in the off-season…finished the season as the team's second-leading tackler with 78 stops, including 52 solo efforts…also had two interceptions, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery…missed the Arizona game with an injury…had two interceptions in Stanford's 34-14 win over No. 24 Washington…had 15 tackles against California, including two solo stops, named outstanding defensive player of the Big Game. 2008: Appeared in nine games as a true freshman at running back and on special teams…rushed nine times for 59 yards and one touchdown and caught nine passes for 94 yards…had 11 kickoff returns that totaled 284 yards (25.8 avg.)
Matthew Masifilo heading into rSr season: 2010: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...started all 13 games at defensive end...led all interior linemen with 33 total tackles...also had 4.0 sacks among his 4.5 tackles-for-loss...had two pass breakups and a fumble recovery...had two sacks and a forced fumble among his season-high five tackles in Stanford's 41-0 victory at Washington. 2009: Limited to eight games, two starts, after suffering a knee injury in the second game of the season at Wake Forest...missed the next five games before returning to action for the Arizona State game...finished the season with 18 tackles, including 11 solo efforts, and one sack...had four tackles at Wake Forest...had an interception and a sack vs. USC…also strong vs. Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl with six total tackles, including one for loss (-11). 2008: Appeared in 12 games and made four starts at nose tackle…finished with 22 total tackles, including 11 solo…also had one fumble recovery (vs. USC)….finished with a season-high five tackles at Washington. 2007: Redshirted. Personal: Last name pronounced Mah-sa-filo ... Father, Etika, is originally from Tonga ... Mother, Tina, hails from Kauai, Hawai'i.
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