My, how times have changed at Stanford.
It's possible - bordering on likely - that the Cardinal could have four players selected in the first round of this month's draft. NFL.com details the players and where they're likely to go. Andrew Luck is a name you're familiar with. Possibly you know his top tight end, Coby Fleener, too. But are you up to date on the other two Stanford players who could go in Round 1? Here are their NFL.com write-ups:
--David DeCastro, OG, (6-5 18, 314) DeCastro stood on everything he did at the NFL Scouting Combine, though he was weighed and measured. He had a very good workout, and is a very solid football player. He is similar to Titans G Steve Hutchinson, an 11-year veteran who has made the Pro Bowl seven times. Like Hutchinson, DeCastro should be a top-line starter for 10 or 11 years.
--Jonathan Martin, OT, (6-5 38, 307) Martin ran the 40-yard dash in 5.27 and 5.43 seconds. He notched a 30-inch vertical, an 8-8 broad jump, a 4.68-second short shuttle and a 7.69-second three-cone. Martin had 20 strength lifts, with arms that measured 34 18 inches. The parents of the likely first-round pick both went to Harvard and practice law.
NFL.com's Gil Brandt also has mini scouting reports on Luck and Fleener, in addition to other Cardinal players who could hear their name called at the draft. You can read them all here.
In terms of the four Stanford players likely to go in the first round, the 49ers probably have the most realistic shot at landing DeCastro, though they almost definitely would need to trade up for him. But Mike Maiocco believes that offensive guard is the 49ers' biggest need at the moment. In the later rounds, the Niners could target one of the Stanford safeties (Delano Howell or Michael Thomas) or wideouts (Chris Owusu or Griff Whalen).