Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Justin-Gilbert

Height: 6-0. Weight: 202.

Arm Length: 33 1/8″

Projected 40 Time: 4.47.

Official 40 Time: 4.37

Bench Press: 20 reps

Vertical: 35.5 inch.

Projected Round (2014): 1

Scouting DB’s is a tough task because tape doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about the player. It’s a harsh reality that in football, all cornerbacks will get beat at some point and time. So it’s not easy to decide whether which cornerback has what it takes to get it done on Sunday’s. But I think I found one, that really has the whole package to succeed at the next level.

At 6-foot-0, 200 pounds, Justin Gilbert has the size, strength, and speed to face a broad range of receivers that a cornerback will encounter at the NFL level. Gilbert really looks the part of a corner with his length and incredible athleticism.  He has impressive agility and tremendous straight line speed.  His hips are pretty good and he has the ability to make plays on the football as well as being a contributor on special teams.   Gilbert has all the athletic tools to become a shutdown corner if he refines his game.

Positives

Gilbert has great speed and he demonstrates impressive agility in spots.  He shows pretty good hips and is able to make plays as a result. Gilbert has long arms and is able to punch the ball and deflect passes but he is also able to go up and high point the football.  Because of his height and overall length, Gilbert can take up quite a bit of space and really be competitive when it comes to going up and competing for the football.  He definitely has the ability to get turnovers and break up passes. Gilbert excels in man coverage and has the speed to run with most anyone and his length proves to be useful to body opponents out and to make plays on the football. He is also a special teams ace, which is validated by his 6 career kickoff returns for touchdowns.

Negatives

As with most cornerbacks of Gilbert’s stature, you can imagine that he is not a tackling machine. He tends to avoid coming up to make the tackle when he has to.  He has bad form when coming up to make the tackle, he tends to throw himself at ball-carriers, which usually leaves him empty-handed. Not only is Gilbert a poor tackler, but he is miserable in run support.  His physical strength is underwhelming and opposing blockers can dominate him consistently.  Gilbert struggles to take on and beat blocks and tends to get ran out of the play without too much trouble.

Senior Year

37 tackles. 0 tackles for loss. 5 passes deflected. 6 interceptions.

Junior Year

63 tackles. 2.5 tackles for loss. 9 passes deflected. o interceptions.

Sophomore Year

59 tackles. 1 tackle for loss. 15 passes deflected. 5 interceptions. 1 forced fumble.

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