2014 Mock Draft: Steelers take Justin Gilbert with the 15th pick

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A pre-free agency mock draft from SB Nation has the Steelers picking a player who won't be available at 15. Right?

This won't  happen, but we're gonna talk about it anyway.

SB Nation's latest immediately-preceeding-free-agency mock draft has the Steelers taking cornerback Justin Gilbert, which won't happen. Not sure why they're bothering. It won't happen.

Here's how they argue it:

Pittsburgh needs to get younger in the secondary. That includes the cornerback position. Not only would Justin Gilbert fill a need for the Steelers in that area, but he starts to present a lot of value in the middle of the first round given his developmental upside. At the very least, he will contribute on special teams from day one.

Signing a developmental corner with the measurements and film Gilbert has sounds perfectly fine. Their comments seem to be reflecting a rising trend among armchair GMs; Gilbert is no longer a multi-year starter at a major school in a major conference. He's turned into a project.

Fair enough. It's not going to happen anyway. If he's a project at 15 he's a project at 10.

Not gonna happen. Right?

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