With so many needs in such a deep draft, a trade down in the first round would be an ideal scenario. It is something that Colbert has at least thought about, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
In such a deep draft, the Steelers have three selections in the top 100 but could take a big step forward in addressing their many needs by dropping in the first round and adding another second- or third-round pick.
Even at the bottom of the first, a player such as Kyle Fuller or Bradley Roby could still be in play. Acquiring an additional top-100 draft choice and still grabbing a top cornerback would be an ideal situation.
However, if talent dropped, Colbert would keep his place and select his guy. A perfect choice for the Steelers would be cornerback Justin Gilbert.
Pittsburgh’s secondary was a strength only two seasons ago, but it had a significant drop-off last season. One of the major reasons for this was the decline of Ike Taylor. He is likely in his final season with the Steelers, and Gilbert could be a potential shutdown cornerback to replace him.
Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com believes that Gilbert is at the top of the class when it comes to cornerbacks:
The most talented cover corner in this year’s draft class, Gilbert has size, speed and flexibility to blanket receivers at the next level. Also brings impact ability as a kick returner. Is capable of stepping into the starting lineup from Day One and playing at a high level if he adheres to a professional approach to the craft. Could stand to improve in run support.
The 6’0” and 202-pound cornerback has blazing speed (4.37 40-yard dash) and has proven to be a big-time playmaker in the secondary, which has struggled to create turnovers in recent years. Last year, Gilbert had seven interceptions.
Even if he doesn’t start as a rookie, Gilbert profiles as a top cornerback and would provide a significant upgrade to the Steelers’ secondary.