Gilbert Making Money At The Combine

Justin Gilbert

Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert made himself a lot of money on Tuesday, the final day of the 2014 NFL Combine. Gilbert, obviously on good advice from his agent, did his workout and with every drill, heck with every movement it was cha-ching, as the cash register was ringing pretty solidly.

Gilbert started off with an unofficial timing in the 40-yard dash of 4.35 seconds. By the time the NFL officials put the official touch on it and made it 4.37, it was no big deal as experts were still projecting Gilbert to be the first cornerback to be picked in the draft. Many mock drafts have him going with the 10th selection to the Detroit Lions.

"The kid makes plays," the NFL's Mr. Combine Mike Mayock said after Gilbert finished running.

Mayock called Gilbert's performance with all the other drills and the on field ball drills a "phenomenal day." Mayock added that, "he looked comfortable, confident and smooth."

Fellow NFL Draft and Combine analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Gilbert No. 1 on his cornerback list. "He was my top cornerback coming into the week, and I didn't see anything to change that," Jeremiah said.

Gilbert told the media leading up to his workout that his agility and getting in and out of his backpedal to a dead run was one of the skills he worked the hardest on leading up to the combine. It showed Tuesday as he looked very smooth during the workout.

"Cornerbacks with size, you have to be able to use great technique. A guy like me, I have long legs, short torso, so it's kind of hard for me to get my hips down and turn around and all that," Gilbert said. "But the more you work at it, the better you get at it."

Gilbert finished his Cowboys playing career with 182 tackles and 12 interceptions. As a senior in 2013, he had 42 tackles (37 unassisted) and seven interceptions alone. He also had the six kick-off returns for touchdowns as an Oklahoma State Cowboy.

So many of the NFL team personnel staff looking at players noted the impact a big, strong, corner that can run and cover so well in man coverage can have. The man they are thinking of is Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

Just for grins, here is how Gilbert's workout at the combine compared to that of Sherman's at the 2011 NFL Combine:
Justin Gilbert: Ht: 6-0, Wt: 203, Arm: 33 1/8", Hand: 8 5/8", 40: 4.37, Bench Reps: 20, Vertical: 35.5", Broad Jump: 126"

Richard Sherman: Ht: 6-3, Wt: 195, Arm: 32", Hand: 9 ¾", 40: 4.56, Bench Reps: 16, Vertical: 38", Broad Jump: 125"

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