The Pittsburgh Steelers introduced first round draft pick David DeCastro to the media today. Since his selection there has been speculation as to whether or not he would remain at right guard, where he started 39 games at Stanford over the last three seasons, or if the Steelers had plans on flipping him over to the left side. According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DeCastro will be a right guard initially according to a source of his.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday night in his press conference with General Manager Kevin Colbert following the selection of DeCastro, “He’s a right guard.”
If the sources of Kaboly are indeed correct, that would mean Ramon Foster will likely move to left guard, where he\’s made 5 of his 23 starts since signing with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Foster started a career-high 14 games in 2011 and played just over 1000 of the team\’s offensive snaps. The move also likely means that Doug Legursky, who started all 10 games he was active for in 2011, will now be the top backup to Foster, DeCastro and center Maurkice Pouncey should things indeed shake out as reported.
Both Foster and Legursky will be unrestricted free agents after the 2012 season as they are playing on one-year, restricted free agent tenders offered to them before the start of free agency.