The Kansas City Chiefs started the first 9 games of the 2014 season with arguably the best defense in the NFL. They were sacking the quarterback at will, creating turnovers, and holding teams to under 17 points a game. Then something happened. They couldn’t get to the quarterback, thus putting more pressure on the secondary who all of a sudden couldn’t stop any opposing teams’ wide receivers. Having rookie free agent Marcus Cooper get the start opposite the opponent’s best wide receiver didn’t help either. The Chiefs figure to have Tamba Hali and Justin Houston back next year getting double digit sack numbers again, but to make life easier on the defense as a whole, the Chiefs need to go out and get another top notch starting corner back. The AFC West features some of the best wide receivers in the NFL in Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and rookie Keenan Allen. The Chiefs need another big physical corner back that can help out on the back end and Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert may just be what the Chiefs need.
Justin Gilbert is a 6 foot, 200 pound corner back that plays very good man to man coverage. Having someone like this would be an asset to the Chiefs since Peyton Manning loved to tear apart the Chiefs’ zone schemes they used last year. One of Gilbert’s best assets is his ability to shut wide receivers down in the red zone by using his jumping ability to either knock the ball down or intercept it. Gilbert can also be used as a kick returner. He returned six kicks for touchdowns during his collegiate career and if the Chiefs lose Quintin Demps to free agency, Gilbert can step right into that role. He is a big hitter and also a really good tackler who won’t shy away from any type of physical contact. Some of the negatives about Gilbert are that he doesn’t have top end speed and gets burned quite a lot and that he commits quite a bunch of unnecessary penalties. He is projected to be a first round pick. If he can learn to cut down on the penalties and play better press coverage, he would be a great pick for some team and maybe even the Kansas City Chiefs. Teams can never have enough quality corner backs since the NFL today is so pass heavy these days.