Stanford's quiet David DeCastro draws comparisons to Steve Hutchinson
Former Bellevue High star is considered best guard available in NFL draft.
Seattle Times staff reporter
INDIANAPOLIS — There is a serious comparison to be made between David DeCastro and Steve Hutchinson.
And it's not just because DeCastro — like Hutchinson — may turn out to be that rare guard good enough to be chosen in the first 20 picks of the NFL draft. Yes, DeCastro is that good. Four years after graduating from Bellevue High School and enrolling at Stanford, he is considered the top guard in this draft and might be the second offensive lineman taken.
DeCastro has the same agent as Hutchinson, a similar teeth-clenched intensity and about the same amount of tolerance for big talk, which is to say he has none. That became evident when DeCastro was asked by a reporter to list his best characteristics.
"I don't know," DeCastro said. "I guess teams would have to see that. I'm aggressive, I'm a hard worker, but I really don't like talking about myself."
That was reinforced when he was asked, in a follow-up question, what it was that he did best.
"Play football," he said.
OK then. DeCastro is 6 feet 4, 316 pounds and on track to graduate in the spring with a degree in management sciences/engineering.
"Just a fancy term for a business degree," DeCastro said.
He was polite, but very direct. That isn't great for an interview, but is exactly what you want from an interior lineman. DeCastro performed 34 bench-press repetitions at 225 pounds at the scouting combine.
On the run
Washington running back Chris Polk said he hoped to run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds at the combine.
He did. Unofficially. He was timed at 4.46 seconds, according to the NFL Network broadcast of his workout on Sunday afternoon. However, his official time, according to the league's official website was 4.57, which ranked No. 14 among running backs.
According to those results, no running back had a time faster than 4.4. Oregon's LaMichael James was tied for second-fastest at 4.45 seconds.
• Huskies WR Jermaine Kearse was timed at 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash, not among the fastest 15 times for receivers.
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