Ed Bouchette Selects OSU CB Justin Gilbert For Steelers In Recent Beat Writers Mock Draft

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently took part in a mock of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with other beat writers and he selected a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers at 15h overall.

Bouchette’s selection was Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert and here is his reasoning behind the pick.

The Steelers have gone from old and slow on defense to young and unsung with holes and depth issues. Ike Taylor is 34 and they need corners. Ben Roethlisberger is 32 and they need to give him another big receiving weapon to pair with Antonio Brown after losing three of their top four in FA the past 14 months (Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery). They have only one real starting DE and no depth. They have two starters at OLB who have yet to really prove themselves, Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones and no depth. They have only one real starter at ILB, Lawrence Timmons, and no depth. They have to be looking strongly at taking CB-WR one-two in the first two rounds. They feel they can get a good WR in round two, but if they are going to get a top-flight corner, No. 1 is the time to do it, therefore…

Bouchette obviously chose Gilbert over Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller. However, Bouchette does say that he chose Fuller for the Steelers in a mock draft for that he took part in last week for the Los Angeles Times as both Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard were already off the board. He seems to be set with Dennard, Gilbert and Fuller as far as his cornerback rankings go. In his Tuesday onine chat, however, Bouchette had this to say about Fuller.

If the first two cornerbacks, Dennard and Gilbert, are gone, I think they’d try to trade down before picking Fuller. He would be their third choice, I believe.

The selection of Gilbert by Bouchette will likely please many of you and you can’t fault him for wanting to address the cornerback position in the first round.

I must say that there are some interesting picks in that mock.

Bouchette will have his own first round mock draft posted on Thursday.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’d say VWilliams is pretty good depth at ILB. But I agree with everything else he said. Although I’d choose Fuller over Gibert, I think? I’m sure tomorrow I’ll change my mind!

  • Xclewsive

    I agree and disagree at the same time in regards to the WRs. The Steelers WRs were relatively unknowns last year (Brown included). I don’t believe this years crop of Steelers WRs are any different then last years crop.

    I’m super iffy on Gilbert as he has some serious DeAngelo Hall to his game. Yes DHall has been a great interceptor of the ball, but just as suspect everywhere else. But what has to be considered is that Gilbert won’t be left on islands and he has hands to catch errant throws.

  • Biggie

    Definitely want a CB in Rd 1, current have top 3 as Dennard, Fuller, Gilbert in order and would have no problem taking any of them. Definitely hoping CB then WR Rds 1 and 2 with high consideration also in DL. We have Spence and Williams as depth at ILB at the very least, but need to add a starter quality ILB to compete at some point. Added Moats who gives us depth at OLB unless they see him at ILB.

  • Big White

    Yeah, I have Dennard over Gilbert as well. Gilbert’s athleticism and versatility on special teams make him a tempting pick, but just as a corner Dennard has walked the walk. He should start in the NFL day one and a D-Coordinator ought to sleep well knowing so.

  • Big White

    Spence was given a clean bill of health today by the medical staff. Pretty impressive comeback given that every part of his knee was destroyed. Some were suggesting a two year recovery.

  • srdan

    I think that Dennard matches up well with most receivers, but teh two top receivers in our division would be a nightmare for him. Something to consider

  • Lewis

    Question is, is he gonna be the same as before the injury? If not, then I think there is a need for a starting ILB. Unfortunately there’s not much of that in this draft. If Mosley happened to fall, Steelers might need to consider it, depending who else is available.

  • RW

    I think they can get beginning to mid year starters at CB, WR and DE if they can trade down. A 1,2,3 of Fuller, Tuitt and Devonta Adams would have me salivating for the upcoming season…

  • Lewis

    I say Gilbert. We need some splash plays on defense. Although Dennard is much better in coverage and physical playc, Gilbert is not bad enough in those areas where it will hurt the team. He may even cover the deep ball better that the other prospects. And I do believe that a team like the Steelers can toughen him up a bit.

  • Steelers@2010

    I agree with you 100%; everybody seems to be down on Gilbert, I’ve watched the kid play, he’s no slouch. Now, how well his games translates to the NFL or what the Steelers do is another question. IMO, Gilbert, Fuller and Dennard are the top 3. Everybody else is a distance 4th to include Robey.

  • cp72

    Yeah I have been saying the same thing. I think Dennard is gonna struggle with elite wide outs. Gilbert and Fuller are both better athletes.

    We could have a division that has Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, AJ Greene, Torrey Smith, and maybe Sammy Watkins if Cleveland gets lucky. Tough to be a DB in the AFC North.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I hope they get one of the three cbs in rd 1 and rd 2 they should go wr or dl the rest is icing on the cake

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I hope we hit the jackpot like ’74 steelers did in that draft

  • Johnny Loose

    first assessment I’ve read in I don’t know how long where the Steelers D isn’t old and slow anymore. We are officially young with not a whole lot of experience or depth. Can’t wait to see how this all plays out. Very exciting time for Steeler fans

  • Weiss Chad

    I’m on the fuller band wagon myself.I think any of three cbs will do just fine.Fuller just has steeler written all over him..

  • Big White

    Hold the phone. The guy has a resume and it’s been tested and re tested and the guy always looks like he has a mic in the huddle. Some guys just get it, and if I am Lebeau or Tomlin, I ADVOCATE for this guy. Day one ready baby.

  • joed32

    The latest mocks on NFL.Com are out and some have Fuller going before we pick or soon after, I don’t think they can trade down and still get one of the corners. Two of the four have Tuitt going in the 1st round as well. No one knows for sure but I just hope one of the 3 corners are there at 15 and they grab him.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yes, but if they trade down with SF, this is what they might expect now, if it were up to me:

    1.29 — WR Kelvin Benjamin
    2.46 — OLB Kyle Van Noy or OLB Jerimiah Attaochu or DE Scott Crichton
    2.56 — CB Stanley Jean Baptiste

    Later you can pick up DE Brent Urban/Taylor Hart/or Will Clarke or OLB Shaquille Barrett, and I really want them to pick CB Aaron Colvin in round 4 as he will start in 2015. Round 5 or 6 is the steal of the draft OT Laurent Tardiff Duvernay. Later inn the 6th Rb Jerrick McKinnon, and in the 7th TE rob blanchflower. 7th round comps NT Tenny Palapoi, from the Utah factory of strong linemen.

    There you go.