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2015 NFL DRAFT

Justin Gilbert, CB

School: Oklahoma State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Huntsville, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 202 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2021

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.312.501.5420 35 1/210'6"-6.92
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- --4.397.03

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Detroit Lions | #10
    New defensive coordinator Teryl Austin inherits a unit that was terrible a year ago in creating turnovers. Safety Louis Delmas led the team with three interceptions and he's no longer on the roster. Veteran Chris Houston was the only cornerback on the team to intercept a pass. Gilbert is a proven playmaker who led the Big 12 with seven interceptions in 2013 and returned six kickoffs for scores over his collegiate career.
  • Detroit Lions | #10
    The Lions have invested several early round picks on the position in recent drafts, but Detroit might not be able to pass on the athletic tools Gilbert offers.
  • New York Jets | #18
    Their corner situation isn't good, so why not pick up a guy some have as the top-rated corner?
  • Detroit Lions | #10
    The Lions may want more weapons for Matt Stafford, but who is going to cover the Chicago and Green Bay receivers?
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: In terms of pure athleticism, Gilbert is the class of the 2014 draft. He possesses remarkably light feet, allowing him to quickly drop in his backpedal while keeping his eyes trained on his receiver (and also sneaking a peek on the quarterback). The depth gained allows him to be patient when flipping his hips to turn and run downfield or plant and explode in either direction as receivers attempt to cross in front of him.

Gilbert changes directions fluidly and has impressive acceleration to handle deep coverage responsibilities against speedy receivers. Gilbert possesses prototypical height and overall frame for the position with broad shoulders and long arms. He extends well to snatch the ball out of the air and times his leap well. Gilbert is a willing tackler, who closes quickly and effectively.

Whether on kick returns or after interceptions, Gilbert's patience, vision and acceleration make him a threat to go the distance.

WEAKNESSES: Gilbert can be physical and tough in press coverage, but his technique and footwork are inconsistent. He is too grabby in tight coverage, and his contact downfield will easily attract penalties at the next level.

Gilbert can get himself in trouble when biting on fakes and pumps as he's highly aggressive. He has a bit of a cover-corner mentality when it comes to run support. He flashes the competitive drive to fight through blocks and make the play but is often willing to allow teammates to make the play if they nearby. Gilbert will also lower his shoulder and lunge occasionally, missing tackles he shouldn't.

COMPARES TO: Terence Newman, Cincinnati Bengals - Gilbert offers extraordinary athleticism, including natural receiving skills, agility and acceleration make him a potential early first round selection and Pro Bowl cornerback and returner. Dedication to his craft and Gilbert could be a true difference-maker at the next level.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard may have earned the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back but Gilbert could get the last laugh when it comes to the NFL.

Given the way that the passing game has taken over the NFL, the value of defenders capable of creating turnovers has never been higher - and no one is better at this than Gilbert - a dynamic athlete who led the Big 12 with seven interceptions in 2013 (two of which he returned for touchdowns) and has returned six kickoffs for scores over his career in Stillwater, as well. That mark put him just one kickoff return touchdown shy of the NCAA career record of seven, held jointly by Clemson's C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston's Tyron Carrier (2008-11).

While scouts will certainly appreciate Gilbert's big play prowess (as well as his size and speed), it is important to recall the struggles with consistency that he suffered through as a junior after a breakout 2011 season.

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05/12/2014 - Farmer has bold first draft as Browns GM...Gilbert, 6-foot, 202 pounds, started every game for Oklahoma State the last three years. The Browns traded the fourth pick to the Bills for the ninth pick. Farmer then moved up one spot with Minnesota and added a fifth-round pick (145) to draft Gilbert. Gilbert was the first cornerback drafted. "I can pretty much do it all," Gilbert said on a conference call from New York. "I can create turnovers and get the ball back to our offense. I'm just an all-around cornerback." Farmer is not concerned about the rap Gilbert gets as a poor tackler.

"I know some people have questioned his tackling," Farmer said. "We cover like Browns. His tackling was good, but it doesn't necessarily need to be great. We understand exactly who he is, what he is. We think he can make plays for us. He's going to play relentless. He's going to play at the line of scrimmage and press people. He's able to do things we need him to do." Gilbert intercepted 12 passes with the Cowboys. - The Sports Xchange

 

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