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Justin Gilbert | Defensive Back

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (23) / 11/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
College: Oklahoma State
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Browns GM Ray Farmer said 2014 first-round pick Justin Gilbert was dealing with a "very personal" issue in his rookie season.
Farmer did not get into the specifics, but said he believed it could be resolved. "I think the player is in there," Farmer added. "I really do. I think he’s capable and credible." The No. 8 overall pick in last year's draft, Gilbert played just 373 snaps and was hurdled on the depth chart by UDFA K'Waun Williams. Feb 19 - 8:50 PM

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said 2014 first-round pick Justin Gilbert needs to mature.

"Justin clearly needs to mature," Haslam said. "I’m not telling you anything I hadn’t told him in the past and hopefully he’ll be able to do that. But we’re fully supportive of Justin." Seems there is a lot of maturing to be done in the Browns' organization. The No. 8 pick in last year's draft, Gilbert played just 373 snaps and was reportedly seen "more as a nuisance than an asset" as a rookie. Cleveland's other 2014 first-round pick, Johnny Manziel, is currently in rehab.
Feb 14 - 9:11 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Browns first-round CB Justin Gilbert was seen "more as a nuisance than an asset" by the end of this past season.

"He was routinely late, was a chronic knucklehead and rubbed teammates and coaches the wrong way," writes La Canfora, who has an excellent writeup on the new lows of the Browns at the link below. Gilbert, the No. 8 pick in last year's draft, was reportedly often late to games. He played just 373 snaps as a rookie and tumbled behind UDFA K'Waun Williams and fourth-rounder Pierre Desir. Much like teammate Johnny Manziel, Gilbert has the early makings of a bust.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 4 - 12:52 PM

Browns first-round CB Justin Gilbert has been declared inactive for Week 17 against the Ravens after being late to a meeting on Saturday.

The fallout from Johnny Manziel's party continues. The No. 8 overall pick in May's draft, Gilbert has been a supreme disappointment in his first season in the NFL. He played behind fourth-round CB Pierre Desir in Week 16, and has had his maturity and ability to pick up NFL defenses openly questioned in the media by his teammates. He will be back with Cleveland in 2015, but Gilbert has the early makings of a first-round bust.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:20:00 AM

Browns first-round CB Justin Gilbert played behind fourth-round CB Pierre Desir in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

Even with Joe Haden (shoulder) inactive, Gilbert was limited to depth in nickel packages. Even UDFA Robert Nelson and Jordan Poyer played ahead of Gilbert, the No. 8 overall pick. Coach Mike Pettine blamed a poor week of practice.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 09:19:00 AM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert was forced from Cleveland's Week 15 game against the Bengals with a concussion.

Gilbert was having another up-and-down day before going down in the first half, but it's a huge loss since the Browns are also down Joe Haden (shoulder). Gilbert is week to week.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 02:57:00 PM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert (illness) is inactive for Week 13 against the Bills.

Gilbert would be up if he were playing better. Also inactive for the Browns are TE Jordan Cameron, FS Tashaun Gipson, ILB Karlos Dansby, WR Marlon Moore, WR Rodney Smith and OT Vinston Painter.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 11:29:00 AM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert didn't play a single snap in last week's loss to Houston.

Gilbert has played just 21 snaps over the last three games. He's behind UDFA K'Waun Williams as the No. 4 corner and doesn't have a role in sub-packages. Gilbert might not regain his starting job until 2015. Buster Skrine will continue to play opposite Joe Haden in base sets.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 08:32:00 PM

The Browns are considering scaling back rookie RCB Justin Gilbert's playing time after a rough opener.

Gilbert got smoked for three touchdowns in the preseason, before getting torched for 97 yards in Sunday's opener by Markus Wheaton. Gilbert remains an excellent long-term prospect, and it's not out of the ordinary for rookie cornerbacks to struggle. But he's not a starting-caliber player at the moment.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Browns signed No. 8 overall pick CB Justin Gilbert to a four-year contract.

Cleveland and Gilbert were in a stalemate over offset language. The deal contains a fifth-year club option for 2018. Gilbert gets his contract done just in time for training camp. He's expected to open the season as the starter opposite Joe Haden. With Haden rounding into a shutdown corner, Gilbert is likely to be targeted heavily as a rookie. Buster Skrine will man the slot.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 01:37:00 PM

No. 8 overall pick Justin Gilbert is unsure if he'll be signed by the time training camp starts.

The Browns and Gilbert are in a dispute over offset language in his contract. No. 7 overall pick Mike Evans was able to partially get around the language, so Gilbert is looking for a similar type of deal. Based on last year's slot value, Gilbert should receive a contract in the range of $12.8 million, with a $7.7 million signing bonus. Gilbert and Titans OT Taylor Lewan are the only two remaining unsigned first-round picks.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 06:26:00 PM

Browns DC Jim O'Neil said No. 8 overall pick CB Justin Gilbert will "get every opportunity to win" the No. 2 cornerback job.

Incumbent starter CB Buster Skrine has worked with the first-team defense throughout OTAs, but his place atop the depth chart is tenuous. Skrine was horrific in 2013, grading out as the fifth worst cornerback in the league according to Pro Football Focus, and Gilbert is a better fit for the press-man scheme Cleveland plans to utilize this season. It is only a matter of time before Gilbert grabs the starting job opposite Joe Haden.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 08:47:00 PM

Browns traded up with the Vikings to select Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

The Browns gave up a fifth-rounder to move up one spot and address their need opposite Joe Haden, passing on Johnny Manziel. Gilbert (6-foot 1/8, 202) made 36 starts for the Cowboys, recording 12 career interceptions. Also a dynamic return man, he set a Big 12 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. He's a boom-or-bust prospect.
Thu, May 8, 2014 09:03:00 PM

In a poll of 19 NFL personnel men, Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert received 12 first-place votes as the draft's top cornerback.

Ohio State's Bradley Roby garnered three first-place votes and Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard got two, while Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller and TCU's Jason Verrett each got one. At just under 6-foot, 202 with 4.37 jets and 33 1/8-inch arms, Gilbert pretty clearly offers the highest ceiling in this year's cornerback group. Unfortunately, he needs a lot of technique work and can be allergic to contact. We still expect Gilbert to be a top-16 draft pick.
Tue, May 6, 2014 10:33:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Mike Mayock, most NFL scouts have Justin Gilbert and Bradley Roby rated as the top corners in the 2014 draft.

"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." NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Roby has a chance to be the second corner off the board despite his recent legal troubles. Gilbert is a potential top-15 pick.
Sat, May 3, 2014 09:50:00 PM