We talked about it on the last podcast, and Gerry Dulac mentioned it earlier this week: it’s reasonable to assume that David DeCastro will be a starter from Day 1. (The only issue is whether it’ll be at right or left guard; the Trib’s Mark Kaboly mentioned that he heard it’ll be the right side with Ramon Foster moving to spots to his left.)
But second-round pick Mike Adams will likely spend his rookie season on the bench. Ultimatley, the front five will look something like this: Adams/Colon/Pouncey/DeCastro/Gilbert with the understanding that we can swap the tackles and guards. But the PG’s Gerry Dulac asks for some patience in the meantime.
“Let’s hold off on the hosannas and this notion that (Adams) should immediately be penciled into the starting lineup. Or, even more incredulous, move Marcus Gilbert back to right tackle this season to make room for Adams at left tackle. Adams is not ready to be a starter in the NFL because he needs to get stronger. He did only 19 reps in the 225-pound bench press at the combine, a low and disappointing number for an offensive lineman. Adams should be a starting tackle for a long time and, with DeCastro, automatically elevates the talent on the line. But not right now.”
I don’t think anybody would disagree with that, especially if the Steelers can re-sign Max Starks and add some depth behind Gilbert on the left side. And, as countless others have pointed out, give the Steelers’ a reason to part ways with Jonathan Scott and save a few bucks in the process.
In related news, ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley, formerly of the Baltimore Sun, takes a crack at the Steelers’ 2012 starting lineup. Other than the aforementioned discussion about Adams’ place on the depth chart, I don’t think there’s anything controversial here. Isaac Redman will be the running back to start the season and Keenan Lewis should win William Gay’s vacated cornerback job. If that goes to either Cortez Allen or Curtis Brown, all the better. Finally, in case you missed it: two more draft-related videos. First, Tomlin and Colbert recap the Steelers’ selections, and then highlights of every player. You’re welcome.