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Justin Gilbert, CB

School: Oklahoma State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Huntsville, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 202 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1011

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.37--20 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.
  • Tennessee Titans | #11
    The Titans lost Alterraun Verner to free agency and although Tennessee still has hopes for young players on the roster like Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh, Gilbert might be too good to pass up in the first round.
  • Detroit Lions | #10
    They have to get better outside with their pass coverage.
  • Detroit Lions | #10
    I've said corner all along for the Lions and talks about trading up for Watkins is just that, talk. Why would Detroit give away this year's first, next year's first and a second to grab a receiver when they have to cover the great receivers in the NFC north?
 

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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Player News
03/26/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 2 Pro Day takeaways...Dennard and Gilbert continue to ascend...After running a 4.37 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, Gilbert was advised not to run at Oklahoma State's Pro Day on Thursday, but he did slightly improve his time in the 3-cone drill (6.91) and performed average in the short shuttle (4.43) after not participating in that drill in Indianapolis. With his blend of height, length and pure speed, Gilbert will likely be high on several draft boards and nothing at his Pro Day will change that. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin were present at both workouts and will likely consider both with their 15th pick in the first round ... if either is still on the board. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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