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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09/08/16 - OG David DeCastro signed a six-year contract extension through the 2021 season on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, but ESPN's Dan Graziano reported the additional five years are worth $58 million. The 26-year-old DeCastro will make $8.070 million in 2016. A Pro Bowl selection last season, DeCastro has played in 40 consecutive games and started 50 of 51 contests since entering the league out of Stanford as a first-round selection (24th overall) of the 2012 draft.
06/15/16 - G David DeCastro, who earned All-Pro honors for the first time last season, is a candidate to receive a long-term contract extension this summer. He is entering the final season of his rookie contract. "I'm not worried about it," DeCastro said. "You think about it, obviously. That's why you hire an agent. You let him do his thing and go from there.
"I have a year left and I'm trying to make it the best year possible." DeCastro said he would like to remain with the Steelers long term.
04/09/15 - G David DeCastro had the fifth-year option for 2016 exercised by the Steelers Thursday (April 9). The 24th overall pick in the 2012 draft will remain under contract through 2016 and will be paid the average of the Nos. 3-25 players at his position, which is $8.070 million.
The deadline for teams to pick up 2016 options on 2012 first-rounders is May 3.
12/26/13 - G David DeCastro (back) missed practice on Thursday after he was limited on Wednesday, so his issue is getting worse. Guy Whimper will start if he cannot play.
12/05/13 - G David DeCastro (foot sprain) did not practice Wednesday and his status remains uncertain. Guy Whimper would start at right guard if he cannot go.
10/30/13 - --G David DeCastro (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday but walked without a limp or a wrap and could rejoin the team in Thursday's drills.
10/28/13 - --G David DeCastro left Sunday's game with a right ankle injury. His status is uncertain.
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.