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Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State (Senior)

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:29 pm    Post subject: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State (Senior) Reply with quote

Justin Gilbert was one of the more talked about cornerback prospects going into his junior campaign but really seemed to take a step back and to be honest with you, I don't see him mentioned much in here as far as one of the better cornerback prospects for the 2014 draft. He seems to be having a solid senior year and if he can continue to show improvement, I don't see how he isn't talked about more as a legitimate cover corner. I could see his immediate impact as a kick returner. Thoughts on Gilbert as a cornerback prospect now?

Justin Gilbert
Position : CB
College : Oklahoma State Cowboys
Class : Senior
Height : 6'-0"
Weight : 200 lbs.
40 yard dash : 4.53 (estimated)

Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State Cowboys Official Bio

2013 Statistics (through 8 games)
Solo tackles : 19
Assisted tackles : 4
Total tackles : 23
Interceptions : 4
Interception return yards : 66
Touchdowns : 1
Passes broken up : 4
QB hurries : 1
Kickoff returns : 12
Kickoff return yards : 254
Average : 21.17

2012 Statistics (13 games played)
Solo tackles : 53
Assisted tackles : 10
Total tackles : 63
Tackles for loss : 2.5
Tackles for loss yardage : 5
Passes broken up : 9
Forced fumbles : 1
Kickoff returns : 32
Kickoff return yardage : 827
Average : 25.84
Return touchdowns : 1

2011 Statistics (13 games played)
Solo tackles : 48
Assisted tackles : 11
Total tackles : 59
Interceptions : 5
Interception return yardage : 57
Tackles for loss : 1
Tackles for loss yardage : 4
Passes broken up : 10
Kickoff returns : 26
Kickoff return yardage : 703
Average : 27.04
Return touchdowns : 2

2010 Statistics (12 games played)
Solo tackles : 16
Assisted tackles : 2
Total tackles : 18
Passes broken up : 1
Forced fumbles : 1
Punt returns : 8
Punt return yardage : 55
Average : 6.88
Kickoff returns : 26
Kickoff return yardage : 698
Average : 26.85
Return touchdowns : 2

08/14/13 - 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

08/12/13 - 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,

Justin Gilbert | 6'0, 195 pounds | Cornerback | Oklahoma State | Senior

Justin Gilbert the sophomore and Justin Glibert the junior were two drastically different players. The 2011, sophomore version of Gilbert was an exciting young cornerback filled with potential. He was a player that seemed to be on his way to putting together his immense physical ability with an understanding of how to play coverage.

The 2012 version of Gilbert wasn't quite as promising. As a junior, Gilbert's technique was sloppy, he was beat often, and his biggest plays came in the return game, where Gilbert is most impressive at this point.

Gilbert's senior season at Oklahoma State will be a crucial one in his development and how he is perceived in the NFL ranks. Was 2011 a mirage? Can he put a troublesome 2012 behind him? Which Justin Gilbert are we going to get?

What he does well

Gilbert may be the best athlete among senior cornerbacks in the entire country. His straight-line speed is excellent and he gets to top speed in a hurry. In terms of recovering after getting beat, Gilbert doesn't have much of an issue. He's also able to close on the football quickly. At 6 feet tall and right around 200 pounds, Gilbert has a nice build for the position and the arm length to go with it.

As a kick returner, Gilbert is ready to make an impact in the NFL from day one. He has blazing speed and confidently hits the seam when he sees it. His acceleration is an asset in the return game as well.

it's also apparent both when returning kicks and dropping back in coverage that Gilbert is a confident and aggressive player. This doesn't always work out in his favor, but it makes him a big play threat whenever he is able to get his hands on the football.

What he needs to improve on

Technical flaws really hurt Gilbert in coverage. He often plays the game with a lack of balance due to sloppy footwork and long, exaggerated steps in his back pedal and side shuffle. Instead of quickly shuffling from a low, balanced stance, Gilbert is upright when backpedaling and sliding back into coverage. He has a hop in his step that he needs to get rid of. Despite his physical ability, that type of footwork makes it difficult for him to stick with wide receiver or recover when he's beat. He also needs to do a better job of reading and reacting. Too often he's caught off guard by a route or late to react to a short screen pass.

Bottom line

Gilbert needs to get his development back on the right track in 2013 or risk falling out of favor in NFL circles. Based on ability, he may be one of the top 50 players in this draft class, but another season like 2012 will make him a day three pick at best. That's the tricky part of preseason evaluation. So much depends on how Gilbert responds to his poor season. He showed flashes in 2011, but those flashes need to become a consistent pattern for him to live up to his immense physical ability.

Justin Gilbert CB 6’0” 200 – Gilbert was a four star recruit out of high school where he starred at quarterback and defensive back. As a freshman he made an immediate impact on special teams, averaging 26.8 yards and scoring two touchdowns on 26 kickoff returns. The following year Gilbert saw his role on defense increase and he finished the season with five interceptions and 10 pass breakups. During the course of the season, Gilbert picked off Ryan Tannehill, Robert Griffin III, and Andrew Luck, who were all among the top eight picks of the 2012 draft. Gilbert also finished his sophomore season averaging 27 yards per kickoff return with two more touchdowns. Last year, while he did not intercept a pass, Gilbert broke up nine passes, forced a fumble, and recorded the fifth kickoff return touchdown of his career. On defense, Gilbert took a step back last season. While he plays a lot of zone coverage, he actually seems more comfortable in press man coverage where he can better use his size and strength to disrupt opposing receivers near the line of scrimmage. Gilbert has the speed to run with his man downfield and tracks the ball well in the air. He is a physical player who is not hesitant in run support, and who is often the first man down the field in punt coverage. Gilbert’s frame, speed, and ability to contribute on special teams make him an intriguing senior prospect, and if he can regain some of the form he showed during his stellar sophomore season, he should fit comfortably into the draft’s second day.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's one of my favorite CB prospects in this years draft, I see him as a 2nd-3rd round guy. One thing I really like about him is that I think he has the ability to cover the slot which is pretty uncommon for a guy his size, and then of course he can cover outside as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish Gilbert focused/competed harder. He's a very good athlete with decent size and hip looseness to stick with WRs when they stop, start, and change direction but too often it seems as if he is scaling back his effort just a bit or not really laying himself on the line to make a play. I wonder how much he "wants it" sometimes when a WR catches the ball over him, as I don't see many limitations on him as an athlete in his ability to defend.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like Justin Gilbert, he has immense versatility...

He can line-up outside, play the slot and could even be a FS if needed...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's my top corner
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He gets his hands on the ball and he is an elite returner when he gets the ball.

Teams covet guys who can create big plays on defense.
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