2014 NFL Mock Draft: The Chargers Select Justin Gilbert

Oct 19, 2013; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive back Justin Gilbert (4) runs back an intercepted 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

The Chargers have played well enough as of late to fall back into the middle/ second half of the 1st round. However, there is still plenty of talent to be had, and the Chargers could definitely use some of it. According to Matt Miller’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft on BleacherReport.com, (see entire mock draft), the Chargers will select Justin Gilbert with the 15th overall pick.

15. San Diego Chargers—CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

The Chargers are playing well despite holes on both sides of the ball. You might expect to see an offensive lineman here, but that’s not how Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy work. The smart move would be landing a future No. 1 at cornerback, and that’s where Justin Gilbert projects. A big cornerback with smooth feet, Gilbert can be a lockdown man-coverage cornerback and has the ball skills to create turnovers on an island.

Unlike the last mock I posted, where the Chargers select Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, I think this could be an effective pick at corner for TT. Gilbert is big, fast, and insanely athletic, but can also make plays on the ball. He is also a great tackler for a corner, which is something this defense also craves. Justin Gilbert looks like a corner in the ‘Darrelle Revis” mold of fast, physical play. He plays in the pass-happy Big 12, so he gets a lot of work on the outside. He even had some experience against RGIII, Andrew Luck, and Ryan Tannehill, picking each of them off. Check out some of his highlights at Oklahoma State:

Gilbert would be a great pick for the mid/ late 1st round, especially if Louis Nix, Khalil Mack, or the quality left tackles are off the board. Either way, I’m excited to watch TT draft again because I have full confidence in him to plug up these defensive holes just as he did on offense.

 

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Topics: Mock Draft, NFL Draft 2014, Oklahoma State Cowboys, San Diego Chargers

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  • Sergio Quintero

    Can’t argue with the pick, seems to be the one corner with Pro Bowl potential in this draft.

  • Derek

    Over darqueze, verret, and roby?? Nah!! All three have tougher schedules verret and denard have better stats roby has the talent just makes bad decisions like David Amerson, I’m predicting he will turn around next season. If we get Gilbert it better be in the 2nd round after snagging a nt

    • veazy

      tosu doesn’t have a “tougher” schedule, it doesn’t have a tough schedule by any standards.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Robys draft stock fell big time.

      • Derek

        Just like amersons, by the way I’ve seen him and Amerson play they’re both gambling playmakers they have the ability to to bait the qb recover and make the int. they just need guidence on when that’s ok

    • boltingindiego

      denard would be the only cb i would take over gilbert. verrett and gilbert have the same schedule practically just 1 different sec match up. They also have the almost exact ame stats with verrett beats gilbert in pd’s but gilbert has him in ints and td’s.

      • Derek

        When I watch Gilbert I see a cb that’s afraid to get physical. From the first 5 yrds of scrimmage to tackling. He can tackle but he only does when he has too. I don’t like a guy that wants to play but not get his jersey dirty. Deion had his time.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Saw somewhere that this guy might be the best corner in the draft at man coverage. We could really use that. There’s no way I would be even a little upset at Telesco if he decided to go with Gilbert.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    I will be happy whomever they bring in as long as they can help make the Bolts better right away…saw the thing on Keenan abouthis stats vs other WR drafted ahead of him…wow Keenan, you sir are forgiven fo past Gayder hat faux pax……the world is this kid’s oyster right now…Go Chargers!!!!!

  • veazy

    I don’t understand the point of mock drafts. Wouldn’t it be better to just compare the top players at the position instead of just looking at one player because some guy’s mock draft says the Chargers are getting him?

  • supersurge619er

    I’m already digging this guy he has speed and some good dam instincts on when to look up and bat/intercept yup we need him and with this new g.m I think he’s gona do the best in his power to get him or someone as good ….were boltn towards excellence

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    This is one draft because of how loaded with talent it is, I would be happy with all sorts of different guys. Maybe after the underwear Olympics ill start singling out individual guys, but right now any of the Top 14 – 25 guys are solid.

    • Derek

      Uhh don’t be set the bar so low the first round is for a player that can contribute now. And every first round they’re are rooks that don’t and others that are complete busts. Especially with cbs look at Morris Claiborne who was garaunteed to be a shut down cb

  • Will

    Jason verretts the best cb in the draft

  • blu3ny3llow

    Not big on drafting a CB in the 1st mid to early round..but if anything I think this be the dude to go after

  • PBHayes

    Horrible choice of songs for his highlight video. Quite disgusting actually. His physical talents seem exceeded only by his poor social judgment. Not surprising given the state of America. He will probably be a good choice as a “player.”

    • Conor Cahill

      I was thinking that might actually be the reason TT decides not to select him.

  • ioane

    Can you do a 7 round mock for the Chargers? I’m very interested on who you would project to the Chargers in each round. I like the Gilbert pick a lot if we can’t get Mack or a LT. I like Gilbert with the first and a pass rusher in the 2nd. I wouldn’t mind another CB Jean-Babtista in the later round.

    • Conor Cahill

      I can do that. Maybe closer to when we know our draft position for certain.

  • tbell11

    The Chargers will probably take the best player available and since they beat Denver they’ll be close to pick 20 rather than 15. If somehow Nix is available grab him, but if not then draft the best CB or LT available.

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