Two CBS Sports Draftniks Tab Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert As The Steelers Pick In Latest Mock Drafts

We still have a little more than two weeks to go until the 2014 NFL Draft and that means two more weeks of mock drafts. Excited?

On Tuesday, CBS Sports draftniks Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both released their latest versions of a two-round mock and they both are in agreement as to who they think the Pittsburgh Steelers will take with the 15th overall selection. That player is Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert.

Rang writes:

The once-proud Pittsburgh defense has fallen off in recent years and reinforcements are needed at all three levels. Gilbert plays with a gambler’s mentality that may scare some teams off but his athleticism and ball skills could make him a star if operating behind a productive pass rush.

Brugler writes:

The Steelers cornerback talent isn’t going to scare any opposing offense and in a division with Josh Gordon and A.J. Green, a tall, athletic playmaker at the position like Gilbert would be an ideal fit.

As far as round two goes, Rang and Brugler go in different directions. Rang has the Steelers taking Notre Dame defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt, while Brugler has Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin tumbling all the way down to Pittsburgh.

Rang writes:

At this point in the draft, Tuitt’s upside is just too tantalizing to ignore.

Brugler writes:

The Steelers need help at receiver opposite Antonio Brown and Benjamin could develop into a Plaxico Burress type target.

What’s interesting about both of these mocks is that Gilbert is the first cornerback off the board in each. In addition, both have a total of five cornerbacks being drafted in the first round.

Another quick observation is that both Rang and Brugler have North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron falling all the way down to the Miami Dolphins.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I think I would be pretty happy with either of those drafts. Getting Gilbert and either Tuitt or Benjamin would be a very nice first 2 rounds.

  • Rotoworld-has us taking Fuller (1) Benjamin (2). Hate, hate Benjamin but a premier cover corner. I would be excited about that.

  • Jeff

    I would love if we got Gilbert at 15. I keep hearing that he doesn’t “fit the steelers defense”, but I’m not buying that. Maybe a little raw in run support, but that is something that can be improved. You can’t teach speed, and you can’t teach ball skills. He has ’em both, and I’d take a chance on him at #15 all day.

    Benjamin in round 2 would be unbelievable. 19 TDs on 84 receptions. There’s your redzone target right there.

  • Tullydew

    Gilbert is allergic to tackling. Antonio Cromartie clone.

  • Geoff Cordner

    Does Gilbert tackle or not? Hearing all sorts of negative comments on that. Steelers don’t need any more of them. Why take Gilbert over Dennard?

  • Toddy Bravo

    Yea, we keep hearing the “experts” say that Gilbert doesn’t fit the Steelers, but I’d like to hear what the Steelers actually think. I don’t know, maybe Dennard would be a better fit, but you can’t tell me a tall, fast, athletic, ball hawking CB, who was also the best kick returner in college, wouldn’t be a welcome addition.

  • Toddy Bravo

    If Tuitt or Benjamin is available in the 2nd, it would be an early Christmas present for the Steelers. I’ve been critical of taking Benjamin at #15 , but he’s a great pick at #46.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I keep hearing that some of the top teams might not be taking quarterbacks, so that means they will be drafting at other positions (CB?), so that would be bad for the Steelers. We need a QB run earlier in the draft to have good talent fall to them at 15.

  • okeats86

    And Ike was a RB when we got hold of him. Tackling can be taught/fixed. Speed and ball skills are something that you have or don’t.

  • disqus_WrRvUyG2DA

    Gilbert is faster and taller. We need fast big physical corners. Look at what Seattle did this year. A lot of wrs in the league now are taller.

  • steeltown

    Madness… Gilbert in Rd1 and Tuitt in Rd2? …that would be pretty f’n nice

  • Tullydew

    Tackling technique can be taught and coached. Having a mentality to tackle and disregarding your body to make a tackle cannot be taught. You either have it, or you don’t.

  • RW

    Who would you rather have on your team – Dion Sanders or Ike Taylor? Ike is my favorite player, but given the choice…

  • Matt Manzo

    This is the first time I like a draftniks 2 round mock! I’d be happy with either one!

  • pkeats86

    Ryan Clark is a great tackler and I love the guy but, I wouldn’t have picked him over Ed Reed just because he likes physical contact more. Playmakers are special players. You can find players that like to hit in any round.

  • No he was not he was a wr when recruited and his college coach switched him to db after one practice.

  • pkeats86

    “Taylor attended college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayettewhere he majored in psychology, but he was academically ineligible to play football his first two years.[5] He joined the football team as awalk on in 2001, earning a scholarship prior to the season. In his first season he played tailback and special teams and returned kicks.[4]

    Prior to his senior season, Taylor asked to be moved to cornerback.[5] He started the season at the right cornerback spot and recorded 46 tackles, eight passes defensed and two forced fumbles. In four games, he did not allow an opponent to catch a ball.”

    No mention of wide receiver.

  • RW

    Either draft is fine…

  • Jacque Strappe

    I like the film on Gilbert. I like the film on Dennard. I have a feeling that if all things are equal, Dennard would be the pick. Just a feeling. And I’d love to see Benjamin on the board in the 2nd. I doubt either happen. I think Gilbert will be gone before 15, Benjamin gone before our 2nd. I would guess Dennard and Tuitt our first 2 picks. Can the draft get here soon enough?

  • That is the position he was recruited to play, never said he played it.

  • Jeff

    Yinz are startin’ to split hairs here….

  • Tullydew

    Gilbert will never be described as “physical”.


  • Jason Vancil

    This kid Gilbert makes Deion Sanders look All World defending the run. Lets just say his heart isn’t into tackling.

  • pkeats86

    Agreed. The point I’m trying to make is he wasn’t drafted for his tackling ability. He learned to tackle and to “want to” tackle after entering the league. As can Gilbert. He is going to have to learn to love it while he proves himself on special teams. Any rookie will have a hard time cracking even the dime with Ike, Willie, Cortez, and Shamarko. Tackling can and will be improved. Gilbert’s nack for making huge plays can not be taught.

  • westcoasteeler

    Soon as I read that, I slapped myself.

  • Jeff

    I think Ike is a perfect example to use here as far as learning to tackle…. Someone else had said this, but I think it’s a little premature to already say that Gilbert doesn’t have that “want to” to be a better tackler. He’s not exactly small at 6 foot and over smidge over 200 lbs, plus he put up 20 reps on the bench. He’s got the tools.

  • dkoy85

    I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but I am and I just can’t help it!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    No, now. Don’t insult the kid. Gilbert tackles better than Deon ever did.!

  • Steelers12328882

    Wow, a choice between Benjamin and Tuitt in the 2nd rd. after getting a stud CB in the 1st? Amazeballs! Imagine if Louis Nix was still on the board in the 2nd rd. too? That would be a tough choice right there.

  • shawn

    if those were our choices in the 2nd it would be hard to go wrong !

  • shawn

    very true

  • cp72

    I know people prefer Dennard. If the best trait he has is an aggressive run defender that scares me. I am willing to bet Dennard could fall into the late 1st early 2nd.

  • Nolrog

    We’re finally getting back to the point where people are mocking what they think will actually happen instead of changing it just for the sake of changing it.

  • Lewis

    Steelers need to force more turnovers, if Gilbert can do that I’m all for it.

  • Smokin_Smiley

    I think they go D line in first round the cb visits is just a smokescreen.if you look at tomlins answers for the last 3 years to who he would pick in the first round he says big men go first o line and d line and that’s who they value so I say they trade down to them mid 20s and go Stephon tuitt

  • Steelers@2010

    A lot people seem to be down on Gilbert, but I think he will be a play-maker at the next level. I would take him over Dennard in a heartbeat. If he’s there at #15, they have to take him. Who cares if he’s not all that great in run support, DB’s are trained to play the pass. They can always teach the kid how to tackle, if they’re not experience at defending the pass, then they will pretty much be like the long list of DB’s the Steelers have drafted that turned out to be duds.

  • Weiss Chad

    I’d take Tuitt if both were there

  • pittsburghjoe

    Yeah, bad comparison.

  • DoctorNoah

    Stupid mock, IMHO. But we’ll see in two weeks.

  • Jacque Strappe

    Pressure turns it over. We have to generate pressure. Turnovers will come if we get pressure from the edge. Leaving guys like Ike on an island simply won’t work. Maybe this kid is skilled enough to not require constant help over the top and he has ball skills, not boxing gloves like Ike. The more I watch film, the more I like. He has recovery speed.

  • PoKey21

    Gilbert would be the best possible outcome in the 1st round of this draft. He is the only corner in this draft that could come in and start from day 1. Denard, Fuller, and Roby all can be above average corners in te league but I don’t think they have shutdown abilities. And I don’t care if Gilbert doesn’t want to toss his hat in to help the run game. If Gilbert can sit on the edge all game and blanket Josh Gordon, AJ Green, and Torrey Smith 6 times a year he will have more than done his job.

  • joed32

    And Gilbert can’t cover like Deon could, nowhere close! Dennard is actually a better cover corner than Gilbert. I’m not going to complain if we get either of them though.

  • Well, sure, maybe. Gilbert’s a reasonable guess for their first pick. But I still it’ll be Dennard if he’s available.

    Otherwise, I’m trying not to get my hopes up that someone like Benjamin or Tuitt will be available in the second, but if either one of them is… wow.

    A 1-2 combo of Dennard and Benjamin would probably get Steelers Nation the most fired up. (Even Benjamin detractors would have to see him as great value in the second, no?)

  • Lewis

    Dennard is probably the best cover corner in the draft. He is the only one I’d take if I’m looking for a ready to go shutdown corner in the 1st round. Kinda like Ike. however, Gilbert is as good as a ball hawk as we’ve seen in recent years. That’s got some value in itself, but there is a trade off.

  • Lewis

    Yeah I would completely agree. I think the problem we have is where the Steelers are picking. At 15 I just don’t see anyone worth getting that can apply that pressure. Unless they trade out, Gilbert or Dennard would be good additions to the defense but in different ways. Of the 2 Gilbert is more likely to produce turnovers.