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Mel Kiper Jr. Has Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert Going To The Steelers In Newest Mock Draft


ESPN draftnik Mel Kiper Jr. has now released his third mock of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and after previously tabbing Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III as the Pittsburgh Steelers selection at 15th overall in his first two, he has now changed it to Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert this time around.

Kiper writes:

His athlete credentials are strong. On the field, he combines short-area quickness to adjust to routes and open-field speed to run with (or past) any receiver. He has enough size and strength to redirect routes at the line and can then flip his hips and run with anybody; he rarely allows much separation. Good ball skills and hands are evident both in coverage and the return game. Given the need at the position, it’s not out of the question that he lands in the top 10.

After the Steelers landed Carolina Panthers unrestricted free agent safety Mike Mitchell early in free agency, we aren’t likely to see many more mocks with Alabama’s safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Louisville’s safety Calvin Pryor going to the Steelers in round one. In addition, Kiper seems to be one of the last major media draftniks jumping off the Nix bandwagon.

Now that we are three days into the new league year, I expect we’ll see Gilbert or Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard as the popular selections for the Steelers in round one for a little while and especially after Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin both recently attended Dennard’s Pro Day.

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  • joed32

    Could live with that!

  • Derick L Young

    I would rather have Dennard. call me crazy

  • Alan Felicia

    Hope this happens but worried about Detroit and, now, Tennessee (they just lost their best Corner). If Gilbert slips past these teams, Gilbert will be a Steeler.

  • shawn

    At this point would be happy with that !

  • Garrett Hunt

    I’m a big fan of Jason Verrett. Would still probably take Gilbert first, but I like Verrett over Dennard. None of the three are separated by much in my eyes, and would be happy with the selection of any them in the first.

  • shawn

    Either is a sure upgrade, but at least Gilbert provides play making ability … if we get Dennard expect more of the same as we have had … middle of the road guy … decently solid but not great by any stretch .. low ceiling!

  • Alan Felicia

    Wouldn’t mind Pittsburgh drafting him as well. IMO, any of these two Corners are very good prospects.

  • Nolrog

    While I think we need a corner, right now, there are far bigger needs on defense at NT and DE and even MILB. Since this is supposed to be a deep corner draft, I’d look for one in round 2.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Gilbert has been the guy I have wanted since I really looked at THIS draft and not just my personal desires. For a while, I wanted Mike Evans, but this draft is shallow for high end CBs, but if Gilbert is there we should take him.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I know we have needs there, but I think CB is still bigger. Ike and Allen, 2 of the 3 guys we currently have at the position are UFAs after this year. Allen they like and will probably resign, but Ike will be gone.

    The Dline, at least IMO, is a place where we can get some guys yet on the cheap. We still have space and can create some more. I think Keisel will probably be back at Vet minimum now, and I expect 1 other UFA signing at this position as it is cheaper than CB in free agency.

  • Toddy Bravo

    I’m big on Verrett as well. Good call. He’s underrated b/c of his size, but is just as talented as Dennard IMO.

  • Louis Goetz

    I hope they use their first 3 picks on 2 CBs and a DE.

  • Rob H

    Would love Gilbert, I prefer Fuller as a second option. As long as they don’t draft Nix, I’ll be happy with whomever they deem as the BPA.

  • Rob H

    I don’t see that happening, would be shocked if they didn’t take a receiver in one of the first two rounds.

  • Steelers12328882

    Would love it! Now, sign someone like Alex Carrington and draft Hageman or Tuitt in the 2nd rd

  • Toddy Bravo

    The loss of Al Woods was extremely disappointing, but the D-Line is not in shambles as some are saying. First, pencil in Heyward and McClendon as 2 of the 3 starters. The guys pushing for D-Line in the 1st round are sleeping on Williams, Fangupo and Arnfelt. I think the Steelers truly believe that a) Fangupo is a quality backup at NT, and b) Williams, Arnfelt and likely a 4-7th round DE can battle for the remaining DE spot, with the losers being backup DEs or Practice Squad.

    IMO, CB and WR are still the primary needs, with D-Line and LBs being secondary needs. The bad news is we have lots of needs in this draft. The good news is that probably means we can still take the BPA, as usual. First round picks must be difference makers, game changers. Nix and Dennard are both quality players, but I just don’t think they fit that bill. I think CB Gilbert and WR Evans do. Gilbert has been my guy from Day 1. He’s a tall, ultra fast, ultra athletic playmaker that Ike can take under his wing, not to mention probably the best kick returner in college football the last couple of years.

  • AndyR34

    So…two guys of approx. the same ability, but you prefer the smaller one???

  • Ike Evans

    Be wary of fuller…..watched his tape…the only time that kid struggles is in zone…that’s wat we run….not saying he can’t be coached up but it’s something to take into consideration

  • Toddy Bravo

    Yep, just saw the Alex Carrington reports. We may be able to add him to the list of players battling for (and likely winning) that starting DE job. I believe we have $5 million in cap space. DEs are relatively cheap, so that might be a good place to spend it. That would really narrow the draft to CB, WR and LBs.

  • AndyR34

    Nice analysis, although I’m less confident in your DL scenario. But regarding draft strategy I agree, but would add Ebron to the mix. Most defensive players will not be difference-makers until their late 2nd or 3rd years…offensive people can be difference-makers in late 1st or second years….on average. So it depends upon what window or time-frame the FO is planning on getting this reconstruction done.

  • Ike Evans

    Not a big fan of him….he gets burned a lot for a fast guy but a lot of ppl like him so I may be missing something but even if I did like him I don’t think the steelers would draft him because he’s short and they have a hard on for tall corners

  • Ike Evans

    God….I hope so….I really like gilbert..

    1. Justin Gilbert
    2. Jordan Matthews
    3. Trent Murphy DE/Olb Stanford
    4. Billy Turner OT north Dakota state
    5. Jerrick mckinnion rb Georgia southern
    5. Deandre Coleman DE/DT cal
    6. Crocket Gilmoren TE Colorado State
    7. Henry Josey RB Missouri

  • Patrick Reid

    Im hearing more and more that even after grabbing Golden Tate. Det. is really interested in Watkins. Maybe to the point of trading up for him.

  • Patrick Reid

    Carrington is visiting tonight

  • Toddy Bravo

    I like it a lot. Not sure Murphy will be there with our 3rd round compensatory pick though. Also not sure about McKinnon, basically a QB trying to be a RB. Either way, solid mock.

  • Patrick Reid

    I would swap Coleman and Murphy for Ellis and Attaochu. But I can live with yours. Good work Ike.

  • Ike Evans

    I like attaochu…..not sure who Ellis is. Thanks man

  • Ike Evans

    Well the thing with mckinnion is he was a qb in a triple option which is essentially being running back before he was moved to running back officially AND this kid is such a athletic freak he can play cb….I appreciate the feedback though toddy

  • Steelers12328882

    I love the first 3, but I think you undervalue them. I’d be surprised if any of them were still around for our picks. Don’t know anyone else on that list.

  • Ike Evans

    Yes….you’re right….this would be my ideal draft lol not necessarily the most likely to happen

  • Chad H

    Dude, good draft. But then we all wake up and this won’t happen. I would love it to fall that way!

  • Ike Evans

    Lol I knooooow….a guy can dream

  • srdan

    I don’t think MILB is a huge need. The signing of the safety, along with having polumalu and Shamarko, I expect a lot of 3 safety looks. With polumalu continuing to play that rover/s/mlb position. And williams can play the obvious running downs and pull Shamarko off the field. Not much different from last year until shamarko got hurt. But much different with going from the slowest to the fastest FS in the game lol

  • steeltown

    Who does he have DET taking at 10 or STL at 13? No way Gilbert gets passed both of those Teams..

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I like Gilbert

  • Ike Evans

    Detroit could take mike Evans

  • steeltown

    They just signed Golden Tate.. makes me think they’ll go DB

  • Ike Evans

    For a normal team yea…Detroit is the premier example of a BPA drafting team tho…they don’t seem to care who they already have…if ur the highest person on their board then they’re taking you…I’ve seen them ignore need more then any other team over the past 5 years besides San Francisco and Cincinnati

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    he is always chasing his receivers too. he will give up too many big plays in the NFL. He doesn’t have the speed to catch up like he did in college

  • Kyle Owens

    I like where you are going with this mock. But I think with Will Allen resigned and Mike Mitchell being brought in I would take safety off the board.

  • steelster

    someone, does their research this would be a nice draft for the steelers.

  • Ike Evans

    Yes you’re right…..but its the 7th round *shrugs* lol

  • steelster

    We all like Gilbert

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Gilbert will go the the lions if he is not taken sooner. Dennard may not make it to number 15 either, Free agent signings are going to change a few teams boards and it is going to hurt our chances. There are a few team behind us that have the capability to trade ahead of us too.

  • Patrick Reid

    Justin Ellis is 6’2′ 300lb NT from La.Tech. He really impressed at the Senior Bowl.. Might be 3rd-4rd pick. Space eater who can get penetration. He’s a load. I’m really wanting to move Mac to end and draft a nose.

  • Ike Evans

    thanks man….Im just a grad student so I dont have shit else to do in the library all day but watch tape and write papers lol

  • Ike Evans

    I’ve heard of him now that you mention it…never watched him though I’ll have to take a look he sounds intriguing

  • Mark Perrette

    You Nailed the first two!! I’m big fan of Jordan Mathews great hands 6″3 with good speed, Gilbert is another great choice, I’d rather have him over Dennard any day, Gilbert’s ball skills and covering skills are so much better than Dennards,

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