The Pick: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Steelers secondary was a major letdown for the team in 2013. For the first time in the Mike Tomlin era, Pittsburgh failed to finish inside the top 10 in pass defense. Much of that can be attributed to the play of the cornerbacks.
Ike Taylor is getting older, and there's been talk of moving him to safety with the impending departure of Ryan Clark. That makes Pittsburgh big players in the cornerback market of the 2014 draft class.
This year's cornerback class is very deep, but leading the pack is Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert. At 6'0", 202 pounds, Gilbert has the size the Steelers routinely look for in a cornerback and isn't afraid to get physical with receivers on the edge. He's a confident player with exceptional athleticism that can compete in Pittsburgh from Day 1.
Gilbert was once thought of as a top-10 pick, but given the depth of this entire draft class, someone has to "fall". If the Steelers are lucky, they could land a phenomenal talent in the middle of the first round.