Cincinnati Bengals: First-Round NFL Draft Prospects

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Oct 26, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) looks on during the first quarter against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Oklahoma State defeated Iowa State 58-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Gilbert would be another cornerback the Bengals could look too. With tremendous speed and leaping ability, Gilbert is able to run with any receiver.

Gilbert, a consensus All-American and Thorpe Award finalist, tallied seven interceptions (including two returned for touchdowns) and is projected by many to be a top-10 pick.

Although sometimes his footwork is sloppy, his speed allows him to recover if need be. He struggled a lot with press coverage and run stopping, but because of his speed he can make up for it.

Gilbert has a lot of upside and has mechanical flaws, but overall is a very nice prospect. The Bengals could use Gilbert in numerous occasions as Gilbert also positions himself well to make a play on the ball.

A big strength in Gilbert’s game is he can box out receivers in the red zone. Throw in that he can do kick and punt returns, Gilbert would look nice in stripes. He owns the school record with five career kickoff returns for touchdowns.

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  • Ron Fulton

    I would not use a first round pick on a corner back. Too risky. Look what happened with Dre, a bust. Need to select a linebacker.