The Detroit Lions need help in their secondary, so it was no surprise that they hosted Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert on Thursday. He's headed off to meet with the Atlanta Falcons next, but he said he feels like he and the Lions would be a good fit.
"It just felt like home when I got to the facility," Gilbert said.
"I'd be excited," he said of the possibility of being drafted by the Lions. "I've seen a couple mock drafts with some other teams, and I think this would be one of the top teams that I would want to go to. To me, it's a Super Bowl-caliber team. All they need is a couple of areas fixed, and I think I could fix some of those areas."
There's no doubting that the Lions are aiming to fix their secondary, but they may target a safety over cornerback at No. 10. ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando notes that the Lions haven't used a first-round pick on a DB since they drafted Terry Fair back in 1998. Whether the Lions break that streak this year remains to be seen, but we can expect them to snag at least one DB at some point in the draft:
"The 2013 Lions weren't bad against the pass overall. They ranked 12th in Total QBR allowed (48.8), best in the NFC North. Detroit graded out as the 10th-best team in pass coverage, according to charting by Pro Football Focus. Again, that was best in the division. Having a strong front four and linebackers skilled in coverage helped explain the Lions' relative success against the pass. But make no mistake: The team needs help in the secondary. With six choices in the first four rounds, tied for the third-highest total, the Lions figure to get that help from this draft."
"Cornerback is the biggest need for the Lions, but I just don't have any of this year's corners rated high enough to take them in the top 10. This comes down to Clinton-Dix and his Alabama teammate linebacker C.J. Mosley here for me, and I'll go with Clinton-Dix. Detroit could use an upgrade at free safety, and I have Clinton-Dix rated as the ninth-best prospect in the draft. He brings really good range, instincts and playmaking ability to the free safety position."