NFL Draft Scouting Report: Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert

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Strengths

Great agility, acceleration and ball skills.

Gilbert is an imposing figure as a cornerback. Standing 6’0” and 200 lbs, he is easily the biggest cornerback projected to go in the first round.

His size also makes him somewhat of a big-hitter at the corner position when he chosses to be one.

He specializes in man coverage, playing off the ball and using his long arms and leaping ability to intercept and defend passes.

His long arms and leaping ability will make him a very valuable asset to any NFL team in the redzone, where he is very affective.

What I think may make Gilbert a certain first round selection is his ability to also be a game changer on special teams. He returned six kicks for touchdowns in his four years in Stillwater.

He also had two pick-6’s as a senior. He will be a big play waiting to happen on defense and special teams in the NFL.

Weaknesses

Technique, not great against the run and does not have elite speed. Although Gilbert is a big play type of player he actually lacks the top end speed of other NFL Corners.

That would most likely explain why he is more effective playing off the ball. He lacks good technique which gives him trouble jamming receivers coming off the line of scrimmage, allowing them to get by him rather easily.

He is also not particularly great in the running game. But with his size, I believe that will come along at some point early in his career.

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