Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) reacts during the game against the Missouri Tigers in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri won 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

FanSided NFL Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Select Justin Gilbert

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We are running through our FanSided NFL Mock draft at the moment. This is where the editors around the network make the selections for their teams. We will be publishing the entire mock when it is complete on this site and will post each selection individually as they come in as well. 

Here are the selections that have already been made by our FanSided editors:

1. Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
3. Jacksonville Jaguars Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
4. Cleveland Browns Derek Carr, QB Fresno State
5. Oakland Raiders Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
6. Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
8. Minnesota Vikings Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
9. Buffalo Bills Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
10. Detroit Lions Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
11. Tennessee Titans Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
12. New York Giants Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
13. St. Louis Rams Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt
14. Chicago Bears Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

With the 2nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select…

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Selection made by Craig Gottschalk, Nice Pick Cowher

Here is the analysis on the selection:

There are two schools of thought for whom the Steelers should select as the 15th overall pick – a corner or a big and tall wideout. As what I preveriously thought would happen in the real draft, the FanSided mock has an early run on QB’s and some other offensive weapons. This allows the top corner in the draft, Justin Gilbert, to fall to the Steelers. The Steelers might be one offensive playmaker away from getting to the playoffs after missing the last two seasons, but Colbert and Tomlin will be looking to find that impact and ‘splash’ player on the defensive side. Secondary is a huge need for the Steelers, and Gilbert’s abilities are a perfect fit for the Black & Gold defense. Gilbert does a great job at neutralizing the top receivers he faces. His decision to stay his senior year really paid off and he garnered seven INT’s, seven passes broken up, and 42 tackles. Gilbert, despite Dick LeBeau always making rookies sit the majority of their early years, should make an impact very early on and could easily replace the aged Ike Taylor if Taylor’s perfoamnce slips. Very solid 1st round selection by the Steelers here.

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