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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."
Apr 17 - 8:40 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.
Apr 15 - 6:36 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
Apr 4 - 10:36 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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 10:04 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.
Mar 30 - 8:19 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
Mar 29 - 8:40 PM

Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart "did an unbelievable job of catching punts" at his pro day on Thursday, says NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Stewart needed to look like a punt returning virtuoso because he goes 5-foot-9 7/8, 176 pounds and managed forty times of just 4.69 and 4.65 seconds in Stillwater, better than he put up at the combine. Stewart led OSU with 60 receptions and ranked second in receiving yards with 703 last season. In addition, he's a tremendous punt returner who finished fourth in the nation with 16.7 yards per attempt (two TDs in 22 returns). You might think that he'd be confined to special teams in the pros, but Stewart's ball skills are good and he has an innate ability of finding open spaces on the field as a receiver.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 15 - 8:00 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 NFL.com'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."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 15 - 7:49 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."
Mar 9 - 9:32 PM

According to NFL.com'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.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 5:32 PM

NFL.com'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."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 5:30 PM

CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman believes Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert will be the top corner picked.

"I'm a big Darqueze Dennard fan," Feldman began. "He's physical and tough and was as close to a lock-down corner as we get in college football, but after watching the DBs group in Indy, I suspect Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert will be the top corner picked. He measured at over 6-feet and weighed 202 while running 4.37. He also has terrific film." Gilbert led the Big 12 with six interceptions in a resurgent 2013 campaign. Many evaluators have him as the top cornerback in this class.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 27 - 8:28 PM

Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert recorded 4.35 and 4.38 second forties at the NFL Combine.

Gilbert measured in at 6'0/202 pounds with 33 1/8" arms. He is a very athletic corner who improved from 2012 thanks to Oklahoma State's more aggressive scheme. With that said, Gilbert did play at a high level in 2011 before regressing last season, and many evaluators have him as the top cornerback in this class.
Feb 25 - 10:34 AM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert could log the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL's combine.

Jeremiah polled scouts and executives about the fastest prospects in the draft, and he passes along that Gilbert's name was mentioned most often. "He's a very big cornerback, checking in at 6-foot, 200 pounds -- and still, it's easy to notice his breakaway speed in the return game and his make-up speed in coverage," wrote Jeremiah. "To use a scouting term, Gilbert has 'easy speed.' He doesn't labor when he runs and he picks up ground in a hurry. He's expected to run in the mid-to-low 4.3s." Gilbert led the Big 12 with six interceptions in 2013. He's projected to go in the first round of May's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 3:13 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline gave two CBs first-round grades: Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert and Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard.

Gilbert is ranked ahead of Dennard. TCU's Jason Verrett earned a fring first- or second-round tag, while Ohio State's Bradley Roby landed in the second-round. Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller, Florida's Marcus Roberson and FSU's Lamarcus Joyner were all given second- or third-round grades.
Feb 18 - 1:57 PM


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