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David DeCastro Conference Call Transcript

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Pittsburgh Steelers

2012 NFL Draft

Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28, 2012

 

DAVID DeCASTRO

Offensive Guard/Center

1st Round – 24th Overall

 

Can you describe what it was like getting a call from the Steelers?

It was surreal. I was just really excited. There were a lot of hugs. I was kind of stunned. I was just excited to be on a team.

 

Did you think you would be drafted by the Steelers?

I had no expectations going in. I didn’t know where I was going, just wait and see what happens.

 

Re: Kevin Colbert being surprised you were still available:

I went into the thing with no expectations. The draft has so many variables. You don’t know what’s going to happen. I am just thankful that I am on a great team and a great franchise. I am just excited.

 

How ready are you to step in and play in the NFL?

I don’t know how to answer that. I think playing in the pro-style offense definitely helps. I think there are a lot of differences, starting with athletic ability and how much technique is used in the professional game.

 

Re: Playing at Stanford:

We had some great coaches and a great strength staff. They pushed us to really work hard. I think they made us ready for the NFL.

 

Re: Seeing one of the Harbaugh brothers twice a year now:

Yeah. Yeah.

 

Re: History and tradition of the Steelers:

I grew up a Seahawks fan. Funny story, I wasn’t the biggest Steelers fan growing up. You beat us in Super Bowl XL. Now I am the biggest Steelers fan there is.

 

How much do you think the offense ran behind your blocks?

I know it was quite a bit but I don’t have the exact number off the top of my head.

 

Re: Similarities between Steelers offense and Stanford offense:

I’ve definitely watched the Steelers, and I can see some of the same styles of play.

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