After a year plagued with injury, and a looming contract negotiation, Bears CB Charles Tillman will likely not be back for a 12th season with Chicago. This would put The Bears in the market for a young talented CB in this years Draft.
Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert could be taken with the 14th overall pick in this years draft. Justin Gilbert was voted most improved player in college football after a sub-par 2012 season. He had 7 interceptions this season, and according to some scouts has the potential to be a lock down corner in the NFL. Justin Gilbert is considered to be the best athlete at the corner position in this years draft, his arm length, and speed are almost ideal. He also has game changing ability as a kick returner, another potential need for the Bears, with the future of Devin Hester still unresolved.
If Justin Gilbert is to be succesful in the NFL he will have to work on a few weaknesses. He can be seen as a liability while playing press coverage. He doesn’t get a very good jump off the ball, and lacks recovery ability. He is also a non factor in run defense, which as we all know was a major weakness for the Bears this past season. While he does have next level speed when returning kicks, and playing coverage, his change of direction speed leaves a lot to be desired. Possibly his most correctable negative trait is his temper on the field. He tends to draw a lot of penalties, and was even ejected from a game last season, for punching a competing player in the head. I have a lot of faith in the coaching staff to correct that, if he is indeed drafted.
The bottom line with Justin Gilbert is that the Bears would be drafting a potential lock down corner, which in today’s NFL is a major addition to the team.