Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Weight: 200 lbs
If you're a Chiefs fan, there's a good chance that you reside in Big 12 country. And if you reside in said country, your favorite passer has probably regretted testing Justin Gilbert.
By the end of 2012, Gilbert was a promising cornerback prospect. A year later, he's a surefire first-rounder.
The senior is a bona fide playmaker—and while college stats can be misleading, his seven interceptions this past season tied for second most in the country—who boasts a multifaceted skill set, doubling as a lockdown corner and special teams ace.
Watching tape, it's obvious that Gilbert tirelessly worked on honing his craft prior to the 2013 season. Subtle but pivotal refinements, such as fine-tuning and improving his once-choppy backpedal, are readily apparent. He's a willing run defender, and flexible hips allow him to jump routes at the snap of a finger.
Although he was rarely asked to jam receivers at the line, Gilbert spent the majority of snaps isolated on the outside with little to no safety help, and he proved to be effective in both off- and press-man coverage.
Kansas City has a Pro Bowler in Brandon Flowers, a serviceable but erratic No. 2 in Sean Smith and two budding projects in Marcus Cooper and Ron Parker. Dunta Robinson, meanwhile, is a shoo-in for the unemployment line, and while Sanders Commings has the tools to be a difference maker, a broken collarbone limited him to only three regular-season snaps.
If there's one thing that last year reaffirmed, it's that a team can never have too many quality defensive backs, especially in the AFC West.
If Gilbert, who would make for a seamless fit in Bob Sutton's defense, falls to No. 23, he may be the most gifted prospect left on the board.