It appears the Steelers won't wait long for their top two draft picks to work their way into the starting lineup because they've already moved Willie Colon from starting right tackle to starting left guard.
"I've made the transition to left guard," Colon told Mike Prisuta in an interview that will appear on Steelers.com Live@4 this afternoon. "I like it. It's just a matter of learning the verbiage."
The move from his spot at right tackle, paves the way for their top two draft choices to start immediately. David DeCastro will be put at right guard and Mike Adams at left tackle. Marcus Gilbert, who started at right tackle last year as a rookie after Colon was injured in the opener, was scheduled to move to left tackle but likely will stay at right tackle now.
Colon told Prisuta the coaches called him right after the draft to tell him about the switch.
"My only issue would have been 'don't move me midway through camp.'"
The Steelers long have used their left guard to pull and DeCastro is known as an excellent pulling guard. However, he has played his entire career on the right side and it looks as though the Steelers will keep him there.
"You should expect both of us pulling," Colon said in the interview. "I think we're going to be a lot more balanced."
Colon long has been rumored to be a good candidate to play guard even though he became the Steelers starting right tackle in 2007. He started at right tackle for three years but missed the entire 2010 season after his achilles ruptured in June and then missed the rest of the season after his triceps was torn in the 2011 opener.
First Published May 16, 2012 2:15 PM