Oct 26, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Mock drafts are flowing everywhere. I know there are so many things that are going to change before the actual draft comes upon us, but it is still fun to see who people project as our pick. Here is the selection from ESPN Expert TOdd McShay in his first mock of the season:
Justin GilbertSan Diego Chargers (7-7)COLLEGE: Oklahoma StateAGE: 22HT: 6-0WT: 200POS: CBAnalysis: The Chargers’ top need is a pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker, so if Buffalo’s Khalil Mack drops to this spot, he’s the slam-dunk pick. But with him off the board in this scenario, there really isn’t another 3-4 OLB who belongs in the first round. San Diego also needs O-line help, but I think Gilbert could be the pick here. He came back hungry this season after a subpar 2012 campaign, and proved to be one of the top cornerbacks in college football. He is a playmaker who is good both in coverage and versus the run, and he has very good size for the position. Other CB options include Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard.
I have seen Gilbert selected in a few mocks out there. Chargers fans might want to take a look at Gilbert’s tape to see what the kid is all about. He seems to be someone who the Chargers could have their eyes on.
We need help in the secondary. A new corner to play opposite of Shareece Wright would be welcomed. Gilbert also could help in the special tams in the return game.
Here is some highlights on Gilbert: