2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Steelers
Stanford's David DeCastro is a tough as nails prospect who has Top 15 potential and should almost certainly be the first interior offensive lineman picked in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Almost everything about this young man jumps out at you. With that in mind, he isn't a special athlete, but beyond that DeCastro has all the tools necessary to be an elite lineman. He can mirror with the best of them because of great footwork. He's got a great base that can anchor and hold up defenders. DeCastro has a thick frame from top to bottom and does very well to keep leverage with his pad level.
Ask any offensive line coach what's that one trait they'd like to see in their linemen and almost all of them would tell you they want to see mean streak. DeCastro has that in spades. He'll bang heads with a guy, will him to the ground with any means necessary and is not a dirty player.
Displays a great natural bend in his knees and waist, rarely caught overextending. On running plays, he's a tank with great hands and will explode into the second level with ease. He's very strong in his lower half and quick enough to pull out of the tackle box. In pass protection, he doesn't get caught getting uprig... [Read More
Mike Adams has been suspended for seven games in his collegiate career. That fact may ultimately hurt his draft stock with some teams, but his pro potential is very good despite being a raw prospect.
Given his elite height and size, Adams certainly passes the eyeball test as a pro prospect. He is the prototypical left tackle prospect who really excels with his footwork and has the talent to improve his technique. Adams will need to grow as a run blocker. He lacks that killer instinct offensive line coaches fall in love with. He will need to correct his techniques as a zone blocker as he sometimes loses his assignment and gets lost out in open space.
The most promising facets to Adams' skill-set are his frame and good feet. He may need an extra year to develop or grow into the position as a rookie, but most every team in the NFL is willing to be patient with a guy his size.
Adams has mixed scouting reviews. Some feel he may never amount to anything more than a solid backup and others list him as a first round pick. Keep an eye on his draft stock as it may become volatile.... [Read More
Spence burst onto the national scene as a true freshman in 2008. He ended up third on the team with 65 total tackles and added 9.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and three pass breakups. While those are very impressive numbers for a freshman at Miami, it was Spence's big-play ability that made his freshman season so memorable. Spence's first career interception resulted in a touchdown against rival Florida State and he forced a fumble late in a victory over Virginia. As a result, Spence was named to just about everybody's All-Freshman team and earned the conference's Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Spence followed up his impressive freshman campaign with what is best described as a sophomore slump. Battling injuries and missing three games, Spence tallied just 36 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks. Nonetheless, the linebacker was on fire over the past two seasons. He finished fifth in the ACC with 111 tackles and led the team with 16 tackles for loss. As a senior in 2011, Spence led the Hurricanes with 54 solo tackles, 106 total tackles, and 14 tackles for loss.
The Miami, FL native is generously listed at 6'0'', but there are questions about that. He has good ... [Read More
True nose tackles are hard for NFL teams to find. Most prospects are selected in the middle and late rounds since having the full skill set to play the position takes time to develop. Washington Huskies DT Alameda Ta'amu looks to be the second nose tackle prospect to be drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Ta'amu has an incredible frame, elite strength, and a real toughness to do the dirty work in the trenches. For a man his size, he moves well in tight spaces and can redirect the pile in either direction. The most important thing is that Ta'amu does very well against the run.
Although he is overweight, his stamina and motor are above average. In the NFL, he will be used in a rotation so stamina concerns aren't that important. In order to take his game to the next level, he'll need to work on maintaining leverage, keeping his pad level low, and work on ways to go around blockers instead of through them.
Ta'amu will receive a ton of attention from 3-4 teams and in particular, defenses that want to improve their run defense at the point of attack.... [Read More
One of the fastest players in college football, Rainey was a huge star at Florida for four years. The running back received a medical hardship in 2007 then contributed right away as a freshman in 2008. He rushed 84 times for 652 yards (a 7.8 average) and four touchdowns. Rainey's lowest yards-per-carry average in four seasons was an impressive 5.0, and that was when he rushed 171 times as a senior in 2011. He averaged 6.5 yards on 89 carries as a freshman and 7.2 yards on 51 carries as a junior. Rainey scored a total of 13 rushing touchdowns in his career to go along with six receiving scores.
The Lakeland, FL native stands at a mere 5'8'' and 174 pounds. Players of that size sometimes make it in the NFL--albeit rarely--and Rainey has the speed to do it. He consistently runs in the 4.3s of the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.25 from that distance. There will be a big buzz at the NFL combine surrounding what time Rainey will turn in for the 40. He is a dangerous weapon catching balls out of the backfield as well. He finished his career as a Gator with 69 receptions for 795 yards. Rainey returned kicks occasionally; in 2011 he had four kick returns for 103 yards ... [Read More