In a perfect world, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert and Head Coach Mike Tomlin would have the stars align and the perfect marriage of value and need will be sitting in front of them on draft day. If they do not, then they must be prepared to grab a talented player, even if it is not at a position of glaring weakness. Fortunately, for Steelers fans, that is usually what happens, as the franchise is always aware of the big picture and are prepared to do just that with an eye on the future. The next player we are covering may fit that bill perfectly.
The next prospect up for the Steelers is South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore. From the outside looking in, cornerback may not be a position of immediate need, but a closer look may show otherwise. Having already released CB Bryant McFaddon and with CB William Gay and unrestricted free agent, the position may look very different in 2012.
Although a little on the light size weighing roughly 195 pounds, Gilmore is a taller corner standing 6-1 and plays with an aggressive streak that would definitely fit into the secondary. More importantly, he is an experienced defensive back, who made plays in one of the toughest conferences in college football. By all accounts, he was a vocal leader for the Gamecocks defense, an intangible that can never be overlooked on draft day.
The Steelers have done a good job at adding youth to their secondary, and may decide to continue that trend with the selection of a player like Gilmore early in the process. He is a gifted cornerback, who is rising up draft boards after a solid combine and would definitely be a quality selection for the Steelers.
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