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2014 NFL mock draft: Justin Gilbert to Cincinnati Bengals at No. 24

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Could one of the draft's most talented playmakers fall into the laps of one of the NFL's most physically talented teams?

The Cincinnati Bengals have made the playoffs in each of the last three years and four of the last five. That's the good news. The bad news is that they still have not won a playoff game since the 1990 season, there's a bit of controversy surrounding quarterback Andy Dalton, and the team lost both of its coordinators (Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer) to head coaching gigs.

Still, this is one of the most talented teams in the AFC we're talking about here, and if the pick Josh Kirkendall (Cincy Jungle) is making in the 2014 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft comes to fruition, they will be gaining yet another explosive playmaker this year.

Team Player Pos. Ht Wt Class
24. Bengals Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State CB 6'0 202 SR

"One of the Bengals' biggest needs is a corner who can play opposite Leon Hall consistently. With Gilbert still on the board, the Bengals could grab another first-round corner who could come in and push for a starting job day one. Add this to the continued development of Dre Kirkpatrick, and the Bengals could solidify a position of need for several years. The Bengals may also look at defensive end to replace Michael Johnson, but with the top corner still available, the pick is easy."

Dan Kadar, our knowledgeable NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Bengals' mock draft pick of Gilbert:

It was a little surprising to see cornerback Kyle Fuller taken in this draft before Gilbert. Not that we have Gilbert rated as the top cornerback; that would be TCU's Jason Verrett. The prevailing notion, though, is that Gilbert will be the first cornerback selected in May. Gilbert would allow the Bengals to be less reliant on Adam Jones and Terence Newman. Going forward, that will be a good thing.

Coming up at 3 p.m. ET: the San Diego Chargers' first-round pick, made by John Gennaro of Bolts from the Blue.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
12 Louis Nix DT Notre Dame 6'2 326
15 Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA 6'4 307
18 Jason Verrett CB TCU 5'10 189
19 Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota 6'6 310
20 Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State 5'11 199

2014 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

Bengals picks

Rd # Team Player Pos. College
1 24 Cincinnati Bengals Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
2 55 Cincinnati Bengals