The Kansas City Chiefs own the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. There are several different directions the team could take in the first round. They could stay at pick 23 or trade the pick for more selections later on. Either way, the Chiefs desperately need to address the cornerback situation.
Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State is the number one ranked cornerback going into this year’s draft (Source: NFLDraftScout.com). Gilbert played for Oklahoma State for four years and put up some impressive stats. He had 154 tackles, 12 interceptions (two for touchdowns), and he also returned kicks. He had six touchdowns on kick returns (Source: Sports Reference).
Justin Gilbert Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.37 seconds*
Bench press – 20 reps*
Vertical jump – 35.5 inch
Broad jump – 126.0 inch
3-cone drill – 6.92 seconds
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
The Chiefs had issues at the corner position last season. Brandon Flowers has proved to be reliable, but Kansas City needs someone opposite him. Plus Flowers does tend to get bitten by the injury bug frequently. Having a player like Gilbert would do nothing but help the Chiefs immensely.
Bryan Fischer of NFL.com wrote an article about how NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks Gilbert is the best corner headed to the draft. Fischer points out that while Gilbert is the eighth best player in the draft, there isn’t a strong need for a cornerback in the top eight or even top ten picks of this year’s draft.
“Gilbert figures to go anywhere from the Lions with the No. 10 pick to Bears at No. 14 based on recent NFL.com mock drafts. If he falls past that range, the Steelers and Bengals could also be possible landing spots.” – Fischer
The chances of Gilbert falling to the Chiefs at pick 23 are very slim. If Gilbert is still on the board by the time the Chiefs are on the clock, he would be difficult to pass up on. In fact, Kansas City more than likely would select him.
“A big, fast, athletic, man-cover corner capable of locking down receivers and creating big plays in the return game. Is the most physically gifted cover man in this year’s draft and has the athletic talent to walk into a starting job and match up with big receivers from Day One if he continues to work at his craft after a big payday and prepares like a pro.” NFL.com‘s Nolan Nawrocki on Justin Gilbert
What are your thoughts on Justin Gilbert? Would you want the Chiefs to draft him if he slid to the 23rd pick? Leave your comments below and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!