2014 NFL Draft Profile: Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State

Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) reacts during the game against the Missouri Tigers in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri won 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

As far as impressive physical prospects go, Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert has to be near the top of the list.  He is 6′ tall and weighs in at 200 pounds and can use every inch and pound of it to frustrate opposing wide receivers.

He has excellent speed and agility.  He uses those attributes to put him in excellent position to get interceptions, which is one of the most impressive aspects of his game.  His ability to pluck the ball out of the sky or out of the hands of receivers is unmatched in this year’s draft.

He can also be used as an explosive kick returner.  This is an area that really showcases his speed and agility.  It should only add value to his draft stock, which should most likely rise after the combine.

Here are his statistics over four years at Oklahoma State:

  • Oct 5, 2013; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) before the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

    49 games played

  • 154 solo tackles
  • 182 total tackles
  • 3.5 tackles for a loss
  • 12 interceptions
  • 2 defensive touchdowns
  • 32 passes defended
  • 2 forced fumbles
  • 102 kick returns
  • 2681 kick return yards
  • 6 kick return touchdowns

Strengths

  •  A physical freak
  • Prototypical size
  • Excellent cover corner
  • Great hands

Weaknesses

  •  Seems inconsistent at times
  • Can be overly aggressive

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota will be searching for a cornerback to start opposite Xavier Rhodes this year.

My Take

Gilbert is one of the players that Vikings GM Rick Spielman has to consider with his first round pick.  He would be an instant starter and could make an impact on the team’s defense.

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