I went for Gilbert. The pool BS notwithstanding he was a productive guy at SDSU, and looks like he could be a great fit in the 3-4, especially with a year to groom and using him situationally early. That dropoff in 3-4 DEs scares me, given A. Smith and Keisel's age and recent history of injuries. The NT dropoff is also scary, but I don't see Brace or Moala as being as dominant at NT as Jackson or Gilbert would be at DE. So:
R2. Eric Wood, OG/C, Louisville; Andy Levitre, OG/RT Ore. St.; Jamon Meredith, OG/RT, SCar.; Fenuki Tupou, OT, Ore.
R3/R3C. Trevor Canfield, OG, Cinci; Jon Luigs, C, Ark.; Shipley, C, PSU; Antoine Caldwell, C, Bama; Kraig Urbik, OG/RT, Wisc.; Asher Allen, CB, UGA; Macho Harris, CB, VT.
R4. Sammie Lee Hill, NT, Stillman.
R5. Quan Cosby, WR/KR, Tex. or Deon Butler, WR/KR, PSU.
R6, R7, R7 (Mahan). Terance Knighton, NT, Temple; a bunch of slot WR/KR; a bunch of developmental DEs; Don Carey, CB/S, Norfolk St.; etc.
That's not specific, but I think it gives some good options.
My initial reaction was to select Gilbert. As is the case in most years, 34DE talent is sparse. Sure, there are college DTs who may make the transition...or are more likely the next Orien Harris. Gilbert looks great on tape and had an above avg. combine.
I went with Mack. I do think IOL talent is deep this year, well into the 4th round. Still, I think Mack has a nice tandem of brains and brawn. And Gilbert is just too much of a reach for me/my mock, though if the Steelers go that route, I don't think I'll complain. Gilbert pushed his stock to mid-2nd round at worst. He likely has a Pro Day coming up which will push him further up the board.
DE is the silent "need" behind the OL. If the Steelers re-sing Kemo (please no), and extend Starks, OL isn't the selection in the 1st rd...if not for the re-signings, for the 2nd or 3rd round depth available. Aside from Mack, the rest of the IOL prospects don't set themselves apart IMO, other than who can only play IOL v. those who can double to tackle.
So Mack is the only OL, projected to be there at 1.32, who I would take with that pick. Otherwise, I look to CB of DE.
I'd like to see a CB in the first three rounds (assuming we have four picks). We're really looking for a #4 CB next year with a guy who can push for a #2 in 2010/2011.