Draft Scout Snapshot: 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
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12/17/12 - G David DeCastro gave up one of the team's four sacks in Dallas in his first NFL start. He was the Steelers' first-round pick this season whose debut was delayed by a preseason knee injury.
12/14/12 - G David DeCastro has practiced all week and the rookie No. 1 pick will make his first NFL start Sunday at right guard.
12/12/12 - G David DeCastro, the team's No. 1 draft pick, is set to make his first NFL start. He tore up his right knee in the third preseason game and was placed on the IR list to come back. He played briefly last week on the field goal/PAT team.
12/10/12 - G David DeCastro could make his starting debut Sunday in Dallas because of an injury to OT Willie Colon.
11/26/12 - G David DeCastro, their first-round draft choice, was activated from the injured reserve/designated to return list to their 53-man roster.