The 2014 BTB Community Draft continues!
This is our favorite opportunity to interact with our community and allow them some front-page limelight, while simultaneously getting our first in-depth look at several candidates for the draft's first round.
This will be much more than just one community member's idea of how to help out their assigned teams. After each selection is forwarded to me, I will gather all of the pertinent information about this prospect from some of the internet's best draft resources. We will try to highlight the profile's best and worst traits, so that our reader's are highly educated come May 8th when these guys names are called.
To keep things simple, no trades are allowed; I think for a one round exercise that does little to actually project how things are going to turn out. One GM, one team, one pick. Let's get it on!
Draft Pick # 11
Team Name: Tennessee Titans
Selection: (CB) Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Why the pick:
Things stood eerily quiet inside the Titan's offices as the world awaits the 11th pick of the draft. BTB sends their investigative-slash-security-slash-swat units to see what the problem is.
*knock knock kock*
*pound pound pound*
Still, no answer.
"Screw this, we're going in." KD kicks down the door thinking that he would find some horrible scene of violence and mayhem orchestrated by cults in support of the rival Colt faction. Instead, nothing. The offices of member 'zanyzsp' were completely cleared out. "He's gone like a thief in the night. He sold out the process. He sold out all of us."
Disgusted, tormented... KD knew there was only one thing he could do... the thing he knew he had to do. He had to make the pick himself.
The Titans need help all over the field, as new head coach Ken Wisenhunt takes over the reigns. They are missing skill position players and outside protection on offense, and they are desperate at every level of their defense. There is only one strategy that a team should employ in this situation; and that is the oversold, overused phrase of BPA.
That player, is the Number Six guy on their board, Justin Gilbert. First, he's a Cowboy. Just kidding. The world is catching up to the front offices that say Gilbert is the best corner in this draft. He's a tall, long, uber-athletic player that is just as adept in backpedaling as he is with turning and chasing. He excels in man coverage, and attacks the football once in the air. He can eat up distance on the rare occasion the receiver gets behind him. While his man-to-man skills are great, the few amounts of times Okie State runs zone allow him to ball hawk, which is what he loves best.
His downside is that he's from the Deion Sanders school of tackling. Regardless, as the league morphs more and more into a passing league, top flight cornerback combos are necessary. Tennessee replaces Alterraun Verner very nicely here.
Others considered: Derek Carr, Rashede Hageman, Louis Nix. They were salivating thinking that Anthony Barr, who is better as a 3-4 OLB, was snatched up in front of them. That's probably why the original GM packed up shop.
HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS (lower number indicates higher priority) according to Drafttek.com
-- Threat Level Red (priority 1-2): 3-4 Outside Linebacker
-- Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): 3-4 Defensive Tackle, Quarterback, Feature back, Right Tackle, Left Tackle, Cornerback, Free Safety, Strongside Inside Backer, 3-4 Defensive End
-- Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): Strong Safety, Feature Receiver, Tight End, Center
-- Threat Level Green (priority 9): Guard, COP Back, Speed Receiver, Weakside Inside Backer
-- Drafttek.com ranked #20 Overall, #2 at the position
-- Greg Gabriel, National Football Post: #14 Overall, #2 at the position
Not only is Gilbert fast, but he has very good flexibility and body control. He shows a quick pedal and a smooth turn. He has no wasted steps when turning and has an instant burst out of his turn. He is very quick footed and moves quickly in transition to close. In the Cowboys' defensive scheme, he plays some press man, man off, and zone and is very good at all three. In press, he shows a strong jam and can mirror receivers through multiple moves. He has the speed to stay with speed receivers on the deeper routes. In zone and off cover, he can play a little loose but still has the anticipation and closing quickness to make plays on the ball. Gilbert's ball skills are excellent. He can track the ball and has very good hands.
-- CBSSports.com ranked #10 overall, #1 at the position
-- DraftInsider.Net ranked #17 overall, #1 at the position
-- OptimumScouting.com ranked #36 overall, #3 at the position
-- DraftCountdown ranked #11 overall, #1 at the position
-- Scout.com ranked #17 overall, #2 at the position
-- Mike Mayock ranked #3 at the position
-- Josh Norris ranked #46 overall, #6 at the position
-- NFLDraftScout.com profile (Rob Rang):
STRENGTHS: In terms of pure athleticism, Gilbert is the class of the 2014 draft. He possesses remarkably light feet, allowing him to quickly drop in his backpedal while keeping his eyes trained on his receiver (and also sneaking a peek on the quarterback). The depth gained allows him to be patient when flipping his hips to turn and run downfield or plant and explode in either direction as receivers attempt to cross in front of him.
Gilbert changes directions fluidly and has impressive acceleration to handle deep coverage responsibilities against speedy receivers. Gilbert possesses prototypical height and overall frame for the position with broad shoulders and long arms. He extends well to snatch the ball out of the air and times his leap well. Gilbert is a willing tackler, who closes quickly and effectively.
Whether on kick returns or after interceptions, Gilbert's patience, vision and acceleration make him a threat to go the distance.
WEAKNESSES: Gilbert can be physical and tough in press coverage, but his technique and footwork are inconsistent. He is too grabby in tight coverage, and his contact downfield will easily attract penalties at the next level.
Gilbert can get himself in trouble when biting on fakes and pumps as he's highly aggressive. He has a bit of a cover-corner mentality when it comes to run support. He flashes the competitive drive to fight through blocks and make the play but is often willing to allow teammates to make the play if they nearby. Gilbert will also lower his shoulder and lunge occasionally, missing tackles he shouldn't.
COMPARES TO: Terence Newman, Cincinnati Bengals - Gilbert offers extraordinary athleticism, including natural receiving skills, agility and acceleration make him a potential early first round selection and Pro Bowl cornerback and returner. Dedication to his craft and Gilbert could be a true difference-maker at the next level.
'13 Justin Gilbert, Texas Tech
'13 Justin Gilbert vs Texas
Houston, Jadeveon Clowney,
St Louis Rams, Greg Robinson,
Jacksonville Jaguars, Johnny Manziel,
Cleveland Browns, Blake Bortles,
Oakland Raiders, Khalil Mack
Atlanta Falcons, Jake Matthews,
Tampa Bay Bucs, Teddy Bridgewater,
Minnesota Vikings, Aaron Donald
Buffalo Bills, Sammy Watkins
Detroit Lions, Anthony Barr