So, is it just me, or does the NFL off-season always take WAY too long?
Well, hopefully I can help quench your football thirst a bit with a breakdown of some possible Detroit Lions draft prospects in 2014. I plan on covering a couple prospects a week, rather than jam them all into one post. If you guys have a prospect you’d like covered, drop me a line on our Facebook or on Twitter. I am also going to be following the rules of mocks, no covering of any players that we would trade up for. So Sammy Watkins will probably not get one of these [unless reader demand says otherwise].
So let’s get to it, I’m going to be covering Justin Gilbert first, since he seems to be the near unanimous pick that fans want to see at #10.
- Elite Speed
- Great in Man Coverage
- Got “Burned” on only 16% of routes against him in man coverage
- Strong, big frame, and long arms which help create a smaller window for the QB
- Doesn’t hold or get “grabby” when he falls behind his receiver
- Excellent leaping ability, can climb the ladder to make plays
- Has a Natural feel for the game, great instincts
- Didn’t play much press coverage, when he did, he couldn’t get a good hit on his receiver and would fall behind almost immediately
- Stiff footwork, harder for him to defend quick routes [Digs, comebacks, etc.]
- Doesn’t care to make plays against the run, tends to become passive and give up when a run develops
- Not very good in zone coverage, “Burned” on roughly 30% of routes against him in zone
- In zone coverage, gives the QB easy underneath routes, sits on the routes too long
- Likes to drop his shoulder for the big hit instead of wrapping up
- Immature at times, tries to coast through games on his athletic ability alone
Gilbert has been compared to guys like Patrick Peterson and Jonathan Joseph, a bigger corner with the physical tools needed to succeed at the next level. He’s a player that we could use right away to give our secondary a much needed boost in pass protection. Aside from an altercation against West Virginia in which he threw some punches and was ejected, Gilbert doesn’t have any glaring on field problems or off field character issues. I believe that Gilbert’s negatives can all be fixed with effort on his part as well as having coaching that will work with him. I think if the Lions go this route at 10, that Gilbert could very well become a franchise type player who could be that leader on defense and in the secondary the Lions have so desperately needed for so long.
Next Prospect: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix