Monday, April 21, 2014
Justin Gilbert to visit Lions this week
By Ben Goessling
It appears Oklahoma State defensive back Justin Gilbert's busy week of pre-draft visits will include a trip to Allen Park, Mich., to meet with the Detroit Lions. Gilbert tweeted on Monday morning that the Lions are one of four teams he'll visit this week, along with the New York Jets, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons.
ESPN's Mel Kiper has the team passing on Gilbert to take Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the 10th overall pick, and Gilbert going to Tennessee at No. 11, but given the fact Rashean Mathis, who re-signed with the Lions last week, will be 34 by opening day, it wouldn't hurt the Lions to add a young cornerback, particularly one with the big-play ability of Gilbert. No Lions defensive back had more than three interceptions last season, and Gilbert recorded seven at Oklahoma State, running back two for touchdowns.
The Lions could use more press coverage this season under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, and Gilbert would also fit in well there; he measured 6-foot, 202 pounds at the NFL scouting combine, and said he played press coverage about 70 percent of the time at Oklahoma State. While the Lions aren't necessarily in the market for a return man, Gilbert has excelled there, too. He returned six kicks for touchdowns at Oklahoma State and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.