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Steelers G David DeCastro is NFL's highest graded guard

By Aaron Jones
Sep 29, 2017
Pittsburgh Steelers David DeCastro

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PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 13: David DeCastro #66 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action against the Dallas Cowboys on November 13, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers G David DeCastro is building off his Pro Bowl campaign in 2016 (86.3 overall grade), currently ranking first among 69 qualifying guards with an overall grade of 90.8. His run block grade of 92.0 is the highest among all guards.
  • In Week 3, DeCastro did not allow a single pressure against the Chicago Bears. He finished the game with an overall grade of 80.9, the fourth-highest grade among all Steelers players.
  • In 117 total pass block snaps this season,  DeCastro has allowed only one pressure, a hurry. Out of 36 qualifying guards with 100-plus pass block snaps, he is one of just thirteen to not allow a sack or quarterback hit. His pass blocking efficiency (measures pressure allowed on a per-snap basis with weighting toward sacks allowed) of 99.4 is the fourth-best rate among guards.

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