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Willie Colon Moving from Right Tackle to Left Guard


Mike Prisuta reported Wednesday afternoon Steelers OL Willie Colon will move from right tackle to left guard, a move often discussed throughout Colon’s tenure with the team.

A report indicates the Steelers notified Colon of their intentions to move him to the left guard position after the draft, when they selected Stanford OG David DeCastro in the first round.

This strongly indicates DeCastro will remain at right guard, the position he played in college.

Colon was one of the better right tackles in football before an Achilles injury and subsequent triceps injury ended his 2010 and 2011 seasons, respectively. He’s been around the game long enough to make one feel he’d be at least able to perform on a comparable level at guard as he did with tackle, provided he can get the terminology down (something no pro should struggle with).

The story now will be around who the right tackle will be; rookie Mike Adams or veteran Jonathan Scott.

Some have raised umbrage with the idea of Scott playing for the Steelers in any capacity (even some not named John Stephens), and with second-year OT Marcus Gilbert being told he would move to left tackle in 2012, it would appear Scott and Adams are now set to do battle for what will be the most talked about positional competition in training camp.

It’s very possible Scott takes the position early on account of his experience but is eventually replaced by the highly touted rookie.

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Steelers Ink 7th Round Pick Guard Kelvin Beachum

The Steelers have come to terms with another draft pick, as they inked seventh-round pick, guard Kelvin Beachum. Financial terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.

Beachum (6-3, 303), who was the 248th overall pick, played collegiately at Southern Methodist University. He started all 52 games he played at left tackle during his collegiate career. As a senior, Beachum was selected to the Lombardi Award and Outland Award watch lists and named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team. Beachum earned first-team Conference USA honors after his junior season. In 2011, Beachum blocked for an offense that scored 336 points and racked up 5,052 yards of total offense.

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Steelers Draft Offensive Guard David DeCastro In First Round

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro with the No. 24 selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.

DeCastro was projected as high at the No. 11 pick in various CBSSports.com mock drafts, and projected as the top offensive guard in the draft. He stands 6-foot-5, 316 pounds.

“Everything we would ask him to do we saw him do at Stanford, whether it was pulling or pass protection” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after drafting DeCastro. “… He’s a tough guy. He has a lot of attributed we think will help our football team.”

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was equally impressed. Many were, considering DeCastro was responsible for allowing just one sack in his college career.

It came as a freshman.

“There were several players still available, again surprisingly, for us David was the guy,” Colbert said. “He’s great at the line of scrimmage, he can pull, he can trap, he’s a solid pass protector. Really, the kid is good.”

Colbert also said that DeCastro was one of the players the Steelers identified as worth trading up for in the draft. The way things played out, a trade wasn’t necessary.

DeCastro’s former coach and teammates have high praise for him, pointing out his role as a leader for the Cardinal and his approach to the game.

Stanford head coach David Shaw said DeCastro expects players around him to have a heightened focus and work ethic.

“He arrives angry and focused and expects everybody else to be the same,” Shaw told CBSSports.com. “If he thinks something needs to be said, he says it and when he speaks the players listen.”

First-overall pick, quarterback Andrew Luck said DeCastro has had a business-like attitude for a long time, which many would argue will help him transition to the next level.

“He is so serious he sometimes thinks a high five after a touchdown is too frivolous because it might break concentration,” Luck told CBSSports.com. “But the person he is hardest on is himself.”

DeCastro grew up in a family of athletes, with his father and grandfather being former rugby players in South Africa.

He is the third straight early-round selection for the Steelers along the offensive line. Two years ago they drafted center Maurkice Pouncey and selected tackle Marcus Gilbert with their second-round pick last year.

Operating in a pro-style offense at Stanford, some draft experts think DeCastro can step in and start in the NFL this coming season.

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Steelers to Release Veteran Guard Chris Kemoeatu

The latest veteran Steeler that is going to be shown the door is guard Chris Kemoeatu, as reports say he will be released by the club to try and give them more room under the cap.

A 2005 sixth-round pick out of Utah, the 6-foot-3, 344-pound Kemoeatu spent three season as a reserve before becoming a full-time starter in 2008. Over the last four seasons, Kemoeatu has started 51 of 56 games.

The move of getting rid of Kemoeatu will save the Steelers $ 3.05 million in salary.

Already the team has gotten rid of two veteran players – wide receiver Hines Ward and defensive end Aaron Smith. Rumors are floating around that LB James Farrior is also going to be released.

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Veteran guard puts Vikings in quandary

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The Minnesota Vikings are going younger this offseason in their attempt to catch up with the rest of their division.

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