With the 21st pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select... David DeCastro, OG, Stanford.
David DeCastro is the best interior offensive lineman in this draft and fits a major need for the Bengals. DeCastro started every single game for the Cardinal the past three seasons, and was a two-time all-conference selection. In 2011, DeCastro was a finalist for the Outland Trophy.
The Bengals have done a nice job building an offense over the last two seasons. A.J. Green and Andy Dalton are a great duo and our own Cody Ulm has the Bengals taking Michael Floyd with pick No. 17. The Bengals improved their running game with the addition of the law-firm, BenJarvus Green-Ellis this past offseason.
The Bengals need to improve their offensive line, and if DeCastro falls to them here at No. 21 they will be thrilled. DeCastro is a great run blocker and is a very smart football player.
Although knowing the Bengals history, they might have a hard time taking a high character, strong work ethic guy like DeCastro.
The Cleveland Browns are next on the clock and Cody Ulm has their selection.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi
12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
16. New York Jets: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Floyd, WR, Note Dame
18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore, CB,South Carolina