Likely landing spots for cornerback Justin Gilbert

Oct 19, 2013; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive back Justin Gilbert (4) intercepts a pass against Texas Christian Horned Frogs wide receiver Cam White (88) during the first half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

This past weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine, a No. 1 cornerback seems to have emerged from the pack. On top of that, it just so happens that Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert also reflects the biggest trend in the league – big physical corners.

With his stock on the rise, NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks recently took a look at the teams that are most likely to nab Gilbert in the first round. The Detroit Lions at No. 10 are apparently the team to beat if any NFL clubs is looking to jump ahead and add the 200-pound corner.


“The Lions haven’t had a Pro Bowl cornerback on their roster since Dre’ Bly earned back-to-back bids following the 2003 and ’04 campaigns,” wrote Brooks. “The lack of a premier cover corner in the back end has prevented the defense from rising to the ranks of the elite, despite the presence of a dominant line. Drafting Gilbert would not only fill the Lions’ biggest defensive need, it also would give the secondary a big, physical corner capable of matching up with the big-bodied receivers that are dominating the league.”


Should the Lions fail to listen to Brooks, the New York Giants are right behind them at No. 12.


“For all the talk about the Giants needing to add weaponry to their defensive line, the secondary is a huge concern heading into 2014. Corey Webster was released after falling apart over the past two seasons, while Terrell Thomas and Trumaine McBride are set to hit free agency. Thus, the G-Men desperately need a big, athletic cover corner with a polished game to immediately step into the lineup opposite Prince Amukamara.”


Other teams that Brooks thinks could draft Gilbert in the first round include the Chicago Bears (No. 14), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 15) and Cincinnati Bengals (No. 24).

Topics: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers

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  • John Vassar

    Gilbert will be gone before 14 for the Bears. There are plenty of good corners for the Bears to grab in the third round (if they go DL in the first and S in the second). All this is predicated on what happens during the UFA season.

  • Herman Moore

    The Lions have a stable of developmental corners who have shown they are ready to play now. They really don’t need to spend their first round pick on another CB who will spend a year or two learning the position. Far more urgent are their needs at S and WR. With the depth of the WR class, I’d like to see them grab a S first, then a WR or two in the later rounds.

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