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Oklahoma State Cornerback Justin Gilbert Could Catch the Pittsburgh Steelers Eye at Number 15

February 15th, 2014 at 11:01 PM
By Mark Mihalko
Many fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers have been outspoken with their thoughts on what positions they believe to team should take in the 2014 NFL Draft. Defense, defense, defense, that is all they want, defense. In a perfect world it would be that easy.
'Justin Gilbert' photo (c) 2011, KT King - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
There is no doubt the team must address the defense in this draft. They could use players in the secondary (corner and safety), on the defensive line (nose tackle and end), and even depth at linebacker on that side of the ball. However, they also need a tall wide receiver, and should look at tight end or offensive line. With so many needs, the Steelers can likely go any position at any round, and land a solid talent. 
 
One of the deciding factors heading into the draft will be how the team attacks their salary cap, specifically with cornerback Ike Taylor. Taylor carries a huge cap number heading into 2014, and one would expect him to play next season for a reduced salary if he returns. 
 
Even with that unknown, the Steelers could look at cornerback in round one. One interesting prospect is Oklahoma State corner Justin Gilbert. A standout playmaker, Gilbert has a intriguing combination of size, speed, and athleticism for the position. The 6-0, 200-pound cornerback is explosive and is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. However, he too often relies on his athletic ability instead of focusing on his technique. 
 
 
On top of his abilities as a cornerback, he is an accomplished return specialist, recording six return touchdowns over his career. That dimension to his game, plus a solid combine, could give him added value on draft day and move him up some boards. If he there at number 15, he could be the player some fans are hoping for. 
 
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Tags: Football, Ike Taylor, Justin Gilbert, NFL, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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