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Draft Scout Justin Gilbert News
07/23/14 - CB Justin Gilbert agreed to a four-year, $12.8 million contract with the Browns, leaving just one 2014 draft pick unsigned.
Gilbert, the eighth overall pick in May, will report to training camp and compete with Buster Skrine to start opposite Joe Haden in the remodeled defensive backfield of the Browns. Haden signed a long-term deal in the offseason, which also included a deal to bring in free agent strong safety Donte Whitner.
The lone unsigned 2014 draft pick is 11th overall selection Taylor Lewan. The Michigan offensive tackle is projected as a rookie starter at right tackle with the Tennessee Titans.
NFLDraftScout.com ranked Gilbert second among cornerbacks in the Class of 2014, but he has the size-speed combination to thrive in coach Mike Pettine's scheme.
Gilbert, who can also return kicks, is 6-0, 202, and was clocked at 4.31 seconds in his fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times and has a 35 1/2-inch vertical.
Gilbert was one of two first-rounders for the Browns, who used the 22nd pick to draft quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel signed his rookie deal -- the customary four-year contract with a fifth-year option -- last month. He is competing with Brian Hoyer to be the Browns' starter Week 1.
05/12/14 - Farmer has bold first draft as Browns GM...Gilbert, 6-foot, 202 pounds, started every game for Oklahoma State the last three years. The Browns traded the fourth pick to the Bills for the ninth pick. Farmer then moved up one spot with Minnesota and added a fifth-round pick (145) to draft Gilbert. Gilbert was the first cornerback drafted. "I can pretty much do it all," Gilbert said on a conference call from New York. "I can create turnovers and get the ball back to our offense. I'm just an all-around cornerback." Farmer is not concerned about the rap Gilbert gets as a poor tackler.
"I know some people have questioned his tackling," Farmer said. "We cover like Browns. His tackling was good, but it doesn't necessarily need to be great. We understand exactly who he is, what he is. We think he can make plays for us. He's going to play relentless. He's going to play at the line of scrimmage and press people. He's able to do things we need him to do." Gilbert intercepted 12 passes with the Cowboys. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Browns picks: Round 1/8 -- Justin Gilbert, CB, 6-0, 202, Oklahoma State...The Browns went into the draft with the fourth pick, traded down five spots with the Bills then back up a spot with the Vikings before selecting Gilbert. He is projected as the starting right cornerback to pair with left corner Joe Haden. He is fast and a ball-hawk with 12 career interceptions. The knock on Gilbert is he is not a great tackler. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 20/2. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 202, 4.31, 1...Texas prep sensation as quarterback, defensive back, returner, track star, basketball player, Gilbert's overall athleticism continues to be his best asset. However, he must show he is willing to maintain high level of competition after admittedly becoming complacent in 2012 following a great 2011 season. He stood out again in 2013 with six interceptions, including two for touchdowns, and a 100-yard kickoff return. Although his announced 40-yard time of 4.37 seconds was the fastest among a curiously slow group of defensive backs at the combine, his best clocking at Indy was actually 4.31 seconds. Frankly: Gilbert is no shut-down, in-your-face corner, but he will serve well in zones or off-man coverage where he can keep everything in front of him, then maximize his athleticism. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/14 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 47. Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma State (6-0, 202, 4.37, SR)...Gilbert has the size, speed and length that NFL teams covet at the cornerback position, which is probably why he ends up in the draft's top-15 picks, but I still have strong questions about his footwork, technique and instincts to be reliable on an island. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com