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 News
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

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Browns picks: Round 1/8 -- Justin Gilbert, CB, 6-0, 202, Oklahoma State...The Browns went into the draft with the fourth pick, traded down five spots with the Bills then back up a spot with the Vikings before selecting Gilbert. He is projected as the starting right cornerback to pair with left corner Joe Haden. He is fast and a ball-hawk with 12 career interceptions. The knock on Gilbert is he is not a great tackler. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 20/2. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 202, 4.31, 1...Texas prep sensation as quarterback, defensive back, returner, track star, basketball player, Gilbert's overall athleticism continues to be his best asset. However, he must show he is willing to maintain high level of competition after admittedly becoming complacent in 2012 following a great 2011 season. He stood out again in 2013 with six interceptions, including two for touchdowns, and a 100-yard kickoff return. Although his announced 40-yard time of 4.37 seconds was the fastest among a curiously slow group of defensive backs at the combine, his best clocking at Indy was actually 4.31 seconds. Frankly: Gilbert is no shut-down, in-your-face corner, but he will serve well in zones or off-man coverage where he can keep everything in front of him, then maximize his athleticism. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 47. Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma State (6-0, 202, 4.37, SR)...Gilbert has the size, speed and length that NFL teams covet at the cornerback position, which is probably why he ends up in the draft's top-15 picks, but I still have strong questions about his footwork, technique and instincts to be reliable on an island. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Tennessee's draft radar: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State: With Alterraun Verner signing a big-money contract in Tampa, cornerback is in play for the Titans in the first round despite the promise of young players like Coty Sensabaugh and Blidi Wreh-Wilson already on the roster. Gilbert is a very talented athlete with excellent height, length and speed to cover vertically, but needs to refine his technique and improve his footwork and balance in his transition, too often playing tight and upright. Gilbert also adds value as an impact return man with eight touchdowns in his career (six on kick returns, two on interceptions). He is dripping with natural talent and has high NFL upside if he fixes his technique and stays focused, flashing the first round tools to be the top cornerback drafted. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 202, 4.37...Texas prep sensation as quarterback, defensive back, returner, track star, basketball player, Gilbert's overall athleticism continues to be his best asset. However, he must show he is willing to maintain high level of play after admittedly becoming complacent in 2012 after a great 2011 season. He stood out again in 2013 with six interceptions, including two for touchdowns, and a 100-yard kickoff return. Although his announced 40-yard time of 4.37 seconds was the fastest among a curiously slow group of defensive backs at the combine, his best clocking at Indy was actually 4.31 seconds. Frankly: Gilbert is no shut-down, in-your-face corner, but he will serve well in zones or off-man coverage where he can keep everything in front of him, then maximize his athleticism. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Gilbert, Lowe turn heads at Oklahoma State workout...While standing on the 4.37 second 40-yard dash time he recorded in Indianapolis, Gilbert did participate in the short shuttle and 3-cone drill. Unfortunately, according to a report from NFL.com, Gilbert recorded surprisingly slow times in these events (4.43 and 6.91 seconds, respectively), numbers that would have ranked among the slowest of defensive backs tested at the Combine. These numbers could be seen as red-flags by scouts who view Gilbert as much faster in a straight-line than he is fluid when changing directions -- obviously a critical skill when covering NFL receivers.

While Gilbert's timed workout may have raised some eyebrows, his tape is enough to raise the blood pressure of opposing quarterbacks. Gilbert led the Big 12 with seven interceptions in 2013 and is dynamic with the ball in his hands. He returned six kickoffs for touchdowns over his career and two interceptions for scores as a senior. He also has shown a knack for making big plays against top competition. During his breakout 2011 campaign, Gilbert recorded interceptions against Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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

03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Gilbert, Lowe turn heads at Oklahoma State workout...After running a faster 40-yard dash time than any other defender tested at the 2014 Combine, Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert still had to be talked out of competing in the event during Thursday's Pro Day workout in Stillwater. "I wanted to [run] but my agent said my time was pretty good at the Combine and I didn't need to run," Gilbert told OkState.com, the Cowboys' official athletics website. "I talked with Coach Glass a couple days ago when I was still trying to decide whether or not to run the 40 and he said I had one of the fastest times there so I didn't really need to run. I relaxed a little bit today and just kind of took it easy." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 20. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 200, 4.52, 1...Texas prep sensation as quarterback, defensive back, returner, track star, basketball player, Gilbert's overall athleticism continues to be his best asset. However, he must show he is willing to maintain high level of play after admittedly becoming complacent in 2012 after a great 2011 season. He stood out again in 2013 with six interceptions, including two for touchdowns, and a 100-yard kickoff return. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: CB - Justin Gilbert, Sr., Oklahoma State: Where Dennard may be the country's best lockdown corner, Gilbert is the big-play specialist. An extraordinary athlete with the hands, vision and speed to score any time he gets his hands on the ball, Gilbert led the Big 12 with six interceptions in 2013. He's also returned six kickoffs for TDs during his career in Stillwater. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, 6-0 200, Sr., Huntsville, TX...Gilbert becomes the 15th OSU player to earn Walter Camp All-America status and the first since offensive lineman Levy Adcock was named to the 2011 team. The Walter Camp All-America Team is the oldest All-America team in collegiate football. Gilbert, a senior cornerback, has six interceptions this season, a mark that leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth nationally. He has two pick-sixes on the year, coming at Iowa State and at Texas. His 11 career interceptions rank him 14th among all active players and his 27 career pass break-ups are the most for any Cowboy.

Additionally, he has three non-offensive touchdowns this year, including a 31-yard interception return at Iowa State, a 100-yard kickoff return against Kansas and a 43-yard interception return at Texas. He has eight non-offensive touchdowns in his career. The kickoff return against Kansas earned him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Gilbert leads all active players with six kickoff return touchdowns in his career. He is the Big 12 all-time leader in that category and is 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). He also leads the Big 12 and ranks 17th nationally by averaging 26.6 yards per kickoff return. - Oklahoma State football

12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, Sr., Huntsville, Texas/Huntsville...One of the nation's top cornerbacks and a finalist for the Thorpe Award, Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and also has seven pass breakups and 40 tackles. - Oklahoma State football

12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Justin Gilbert (KR/PR, ST PoY)...One of the nation's top cornerbacks and a finalist for the Thorpe Award, Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and also has seven pass breakups and 40 tackles. - Oklahoma State football

12/12/2013 - 2013 THORPE AWARD FINALIST (TOP DEFENSIVE BACK): Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State...Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions this season. He has two pick-sixes on the year (at Iowa State and at Texas). His 11 career interceptions rank him 16th among all active players and his 25 career pass break-ups are the most for any Cowboy. - Thorpe Award

12/12/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM: Defensive back Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 200, Sr., Huntsville, Texas,...One of the nation's top cornerbacks and a finalist for the Thorpe Award, Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and also has seven pass breakups and 40 tackles. Gilbert previously earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors as a cornerback in 2011, while a year ago he notched second-team all-league honors as a kickoff returner. - Oklahoma State football

11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, CB, Sr, Huntsville, Texas...Justin Gilbert intercepted two passes and returned one 43 yards for a touchdown to help Oklahoma State to a 38-13 win over Texas. His interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter marked his second interception return for a score of the season. He also had a pick-six at Iowa State. It was the eighth non-offensive touchdown of his career. Gilbert's two interceptions give him 11 for his career. - BIG 12 football

11/11/2013 - WEEK 11 BIG 12 CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, KR, Sr, Huntsville, Texas,...Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Cowboys' 42-6 win over Kansas and set a Big 12 career record in the process. Gilbert's score, the sixth kickoff return touchdown of his career, gave him sole possession of the Conference's career record. He is also now the active leader among all NCAA players and just one kickoff return touchdown shy of tying the NCAA record of seven, held jointly by Clemson's C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston's Tyron Carrier (2008-11). - Big 12 football

08/14/2013 - 2013 JET AWARD WATCH LIST: Justin Gilbert Sr. Oklahoma State,...The Jet Award honors the best return specialist in college football. Drawing its name from former Heisman trophy winner Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers, the Jet Award will be voted on by a selection committee, featuring football writers and broadcasters from around the country, as well as Rodgers. To be considered for the Jet Award, players must be a primary kick or punt returner for his team. They must be among the national leaders in return categories and show leadership, courage, desire and respect for authority and discipline. - Johnny Rodgers Youth Foundation

08/12/2013 - TOP OKLAHOMA STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. CB Justin Gilbert (6-0, 195, 4.53)...An exciting return man on kickoffs, Gilbert isn't quite as steady at cornerback. Entering his third year as a starter for the Cowboys, he had a breakout sophomore season in 2011 with five interceptions but struggled with consistency last year as a junior. Gilbert can be physical and tough in press coverage, but his technique and footwork need an overhaul, opening his hips at the snap and allowing receivers to gain a step. He is too grabby in tight coverage, and his contact downfield will easily attract penalties at the next level. Gilbert gets himself in trouble when biting on fakes and pumps, but his high level of confidence is refreshing for the position.

He closes quickly downhill in run support, but his tackling technique is streaky at best with questionable angles when attacking the ballcarrier. Where Gilbert is most impressive is on kickoff returns with his long-striding speed, excellent patience and acceleration to turn on the jets when needed. He has five career touchdowns on kickoff returns through three seasons in Stillwater. But with recent rules limiting kickoff returns in the NFL, his value on special teams might be devalued for some NFL clubs. Overall, Gilbert has some desirable traits but is a tough guy to figure out and needs to show much more consistency if he hopes to be a top-100 NFL prospect down the road. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/21/2013 - Oklahoma State has been picked to win its second Conference championship in the 2013 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, voted on by media representatives who cover the Conference. Six teams received first-place votes, but the Cowboys had the most with 15 for a total of 365 points. OSU won its inaugural Big 12 title in 2011. Eight-time league champion Oklahoma tallied eight top votes and 355 points to finish second in the preseason rankings. The Sooners and Kansas State shared the 2012 Conference title.

TCU was chosen third with nine first-place votes and 347 points while Texas placed fourth with eight first-place nods and 337 points. Baylor picked up two first-place votes and totaled 282 points to finish fifth while K-State was awarded the final top vote and 240 points for sixth. The poll was rounded out by No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 8 West Virginia, No. 9 Iowa State and No. 10 Kansas. Head coaches and selected student-athletes will converge in Dallas from July 22-23 for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days. - Big 12 football

07/15/2013 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State...Gilbert owns the OSU record and is tied for the Big 12 record with five career kickoff returns for touchdowns - a figure that puts him second among all active players. He is a 2013 preseason All-America kick returner by both Athlon Sports and Lindy's. As a cornerback, Gilbert was the defensive MVP of the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore in 2011. He enters 2013 with a streak of 26 consecutive starts. His 140 career tackles ranks third on the team.

Gilbert is a key figure for an Oklahoma State defense that ranks second nationally in turnovers forced since 2009 and is second in the Big 12 in fewest explosive plays allowed and fewest yards per play allowed since 2010. As a sophomore, he logged a career-high five interceptions, highlighted by picks at the expense of Stanford's Andrew Luck, Baylor's Robert Griffin III, Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill and Oklahoma's Landry Jones. - Oklahoma State football

07/15/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, DB...Gilbert will enter 2013 with 26 straight starts under his belt at cornerback. One of the nation's top kick returners, Gilbert was the defensive most valuable player in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. - Oklahoma State football

 
 
Player News
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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