Justin Gilbert is one of the most athletically gifted cornerbacks in the country. How will that translate to the NFL and where he will be drafted?
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- Great athleticism.
- Has good size for a corner.
- Good acceleration to cover the deep ball, even if he takes a misstep.
- Times his leap and catches the ball well.
- Elite return man who will make plays on special teams as well as defense.
- Can plant and explode in either direction to make a play upfield.
- Can flip his hips very effectively and run downfield with receivers.
- Inconsistent footwork and technique.
- Can be overly aggressive and bite on pump fakes.
- Needs to improve in the run game.
- Does not have any serious injury history.
- Has 6 career kick returns for touchdown.
- First-team All-Big 12 as a Senior.
- Consensus All-American in 2013.
Justin Gilbert has the size and speed combo that make coaches and GMs drool. He brings the ability to get his hands on the ball and come away with it and when he does, watch out because he might be able to take it to the house. Gilbert has the ability to run deep with receivers but can also be tough and physical in press coverage.
That being said, he still has some flaws. He can be too grabby in press coverage and will get called for penalties at the next level. He will also have to work on the consistency of his footwork and technique. He still bites on fakes and that will cause touchdowns in the NFL.
Gilbert’s athleticism and big play ability will make him into a first round pick and he has the potential to be a Pro Bowl corner and return man at the next level. However, if he doesn’t fix his footwork and technique issues he will have a hard time playing in the NFL. Teams will pump fake at him and if he bites those will be touchdowns in the NFL.
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