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Justin Gilbert | Cornerback

Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 194

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Browns selected Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
The Browns gave up a fifth-rounder to address their need opposite Joe Haden, passing on Johnny Manziel in the process. Gilbert (6-foot, 202) made 36 starts for the Cowboys, recording 12 career interceptions. Also a dynamic return man, he set a conference record with six career kick return scores. Gilbert's stock soared at the Combine when he ran 4.37 with a 10-foot-6 broad jump and 35 1/2-inch vertical. Although Gilbert offers an ideal size-length package (33 1/8-inch arms), he is somewhat tight hipped with poor footwork, and plays with very little physicality. Gilbert spent roughly 70 percent of his college snaps in press-man technique, but must improve his jam. A proven playmaker, Gilbert led the Big 12 with seven interceptions in 2013. He has elite potential, but is a boom-or-bust prospect. Thu, May 8, 2014 09:05:00 PM

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Most NFL scouts rank Justin Gilbert and Bradley Roby as the two best CBs in the draft, says NFL Network's Mike Mayock.

"What's interesting about the corners is that most of the personnel guys have Roby and Gilbert as their highest rated because they have better movement skills," Mayock said. "Coaches like Kyle Fuller and Darqueze Dennard because they're better football players today." Despite Roby's recent brush with the law, Mayock thinks he could be the second corner off the board. Most believe Gilbert will be the top-picked CB.
Sun, May 4, 2014 10:13:00 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco thinks the Ravens are a possible trade-up partner for the 49ers at No. 17 overall, with San Francisco targeting a WR or CB.

San Francisco no doubt is canvassing the league at this very moment gauging teams' interest in moving down, which could allow for a quick jump up the board if a player such as Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert falls. The first round is flush with WR and CB prospects, which plays into the 49ers' hands. Maiocco suggests Oregon State's Brandin Cooks as a possible WR target.
Fri, May 2, 2014 12:35:00 AM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis said at least two NFL personnel men called him to question the ranking of Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert.

"I heard reaction from around the league, a couple of people I really trust. I have him at No. 13, but they're not convinced he's the best corner in this draft," Davis said. "They both came back to me and said they're not crazy about him." Gilbert is clearly the most physically gifted CB in the class, and most mocks have him as the first cornerback going, but there are serious questions about Gilbert's inconsistent play. "One called him a pile-inspector and not a willing tackler," added Davis. "I have a question mark at him at No. 13, but I'm sticking with him as the top corner in this draft."
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert visited with the Jets on Monday, and has upcoming visits in Denver, Detroit and Atlanta.

The prospect announced this news himself on Twitter. The Jets appear to be deciding between taking a WR or a CB in Round 1. Gilbert's spectacular season last year made evaluators forget about his lackluster 2012. And the 6-foot, 202-pounder with a sub-4.4 forty didn't even have to say "hello" to scouts for them to fall in love.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 08:58:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper dropped Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert from the No. 14 overall prospect to No. 18.

Interestingly, Kiper's colleague Todd McShay dropped Gilbert from No. 11 to No. 24 in his own personal rankings earlier this month. Both experts are a bit concerned by Gilbert's inconsistencies, but are also taken in by his ability. "[Gilbert] combines short-area quickness to adjust to routes and open-field speed to run with (or past) any receiver," wrote Kiper. "He has enough size and strength to redirect routes at the line and can then flip his hips and run with anybody, though a good WR can create space. Good ball skills and hands are evident both in coverage and the return game. He can push for a top-15 slot."
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 08:40:00 PM

The Saints hosted CBs Justin Gilbert, Bradley Roby, Aaron Colvin, Pierre Desir, and Demetri Goodson on Tuesday.

Cornerback, along with receiver and linebacker, are New Orleans' greatest needs at the moment. So why not bring in a whole mess of CB prospects on one day? There's a lot to choose from here: Gilbert and Roby are going in Rd. 1, while Colvin (ACL) could be had at a discount. Lindenwood's Desir is getting a lot of buzz as a small-school sleeper, so much so that he's probably not snoozing anymore. Baylor's Goodson, a former basketball starter at Gonzaga, is incredibly raw but possesses enough athletic intrigue to earn a draftable grade from most.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 06:36:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay has dropped Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert from the No. 11 overall prospect to No. 24.

"Gilbert can be inconsistent at times when it comes to his focus and is a little tight when he turns and runs, and I don't think he's deserving of an early first-round pick," McShay writes. Few are focusing on the tightness McShay mentioned, and it is apparent when receivers cross Gilbert's face. The corner does have great athleticism and ball skills, however.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 10:36:00 AM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believes Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert is "head and shoulders" above every other prospect at the position.

"He has that prototypical size. The length. The ability to go up and play the football down the field," Jeremiah said. "That is what he does better than anybody else in this draft class." Charles Davis liked that Gilbert "has played in press coverage a lot, and I think he can do a very nice job in off coverage." Rotoworld contributor Greg Peshek charted Gilbert playing press or press bail on 22 percent of his snaps in 2013, lining up 1-5 yards off receivers 39 percent of the time and 6-10 yards off the line at a 38 percent rate.
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 10:04:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler assigns a second-round grade to Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert.

There's no way Gilbert is slipping out of the first round, as the analyst noted in a tweet: "Teams love tall, long, fast CBs so he's going to go high." Though he's impressed by the speed and ball skills, Brugler believes Gilbert's technique and footwork are wild, leading the former Cowboy to play back on his heels too often. Gilbert led the Big 12 with six interceptions in 2013.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 08:19:00 PM

Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert will visit with the Rams for a few days starting on Monday and will work out for the Lions later in the week.

Gilbert also mentioned that he has visits scheduled with Minnesota, St. Louis and the New York Jets. After struggling as a junior, Gilbert spurned the NFL for another season in Stillwater. He succeeded in successfully rehabilitating his draft stock and is now ticketed for the top half of Round 1. "I knew I made the right decision coming back, because I didn’t have the year that I wanted to have my junior year," Gilbert said. "To come back and be around these guys that I came in with, I knew the heart they have to go out every day and play on Saturday for each other. That’s just something that I wanted to continue to be around. Coming back for another year, it couldn’t hurt me, it could only do me right."
Source: Tulsa World
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 08:40:00 PM

Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert "solidified his status in the top half of the first round" by putting on "a standout performance" at Oklahoma State's Thursday pro day, according to's Gil Brandt.

The NFL was well represented in Stillwater, as all 32 teams sent at least one employee to check out Cowboys' prospects. Notably, six defensive back coaches, Patriots assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi, and the general manager (Kevin Colbert) and head coach (Mike Tomlin) of the Steelers were in attendance. "Gilbert looked outstanding in the position drills," wrote Brandt. "He was especially adept at backpedaling. Gilbert cemented his position as a top-15 caliber draft pick."
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 07:49:00 PM

Scout.Inc's Todd McShay believes the Vikings are one of the "two or three likeliest teams to trade out of their first-round pick."

In a recently published mock draft, McShay slotted Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert No. 8 to the Purple, but he doesn't sound so sure of himself. "I could see them trying to aggressively move up if one of the top QBs (say, Johnny Manziel) dropped to No. 5, and I could see them moving back if there isn't a QB available at No. 8 in an attempt to grab more picks and take a lower-rated quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo later," wrote McShay. "But if they stay put, I think the Vikings take the best player available, either offensive tackle Jake Matthews or cornerback Justin Gilbert out of Oklahoma State."
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 09:32:00 PM

According to's Bucky Brooks Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert reminds him of Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson.

Brooks notes that Patrick Peterson's "ability to get his hands on the ball" and "tremendous awareness, ball skills, and instincts" remind him of Justin Gilbert. Brooks added that Gilbert, like Peterson, had a "knack and a feel for being around the ball." Brooks also liked Gilbert's ability to understand the routes that were about to come "while maintaining good vision on the quarterback." Gilbert led the Big 12 with six interceptions in 2013, and whether on kick returns or after interceptions, Gilbert showed great field vision and acceleration to take it to the house.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 05:32:00 PM's Daniel Jeremiah moved Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert from No. 13 to 8 in his overall prospect rankings.

Gilbert entered 2013 with a mission: Make people forget about his rough 2012 campaign. He resoundingly accomplished that goal -- leading the Big 12 with seven interceptions, two of which were returned to the house -- and has moved on to blowing away scouts in workouts, which is easy when you're 6'0/202 pounds and run a sub-4.4 forty. "He is a tall, fluid cornerback with enough speed to carry vertical routes," wrote Jeremiah. "He is physical in press coverage and does a nice job of locating the football when his back is to the quarterback. From off-coverage, he has a fluid pedal but is a little sticky coming out of his break. He is willing in run support but will miss some tackles. He is one of the top kick returners in the draft."
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 05:30:00 PM