NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert
|03.21.14 at 9:40 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
School: Oklahoma State
Weight: 202 pounds
Achievements: 2013 second-team All-America, first-team All-Big 12, finalist for Jim Thorpe Award, 2012 second-team All-Big 12 kick/punt returner (coaches)
What he brings: Scouts praise Gilbert’s athleticism and point out how he both moves quickly and has the ideal size for the position. Other scouts question his maturity level and inconsistency, noting that he does not play as physical as expected based on his size. He impressed scouts at the NFL combine when he ran a 4.37 40-yard dash and posted 20 reps in the bench press.
Where the Patriots could get him: Gilbert is predicted to be a top-20 pick, so the Patriots likely would need to trade up to get him.
Notes: Gilbert led the Big 12 in interceptions in 2013 with seven, two of which he returned for touchdowns. The 22-year-old also finished his collegiate career one kickoff return touchdown shy of the NCAA record of seven. … He was the Defensive MVP of the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. … As a quarterback at Huntsville (Texas) High School, Gilbert rushed for more than 1,000 yards with nine touchdowns and passed for just under 800 yards in his senior season.
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Video: Here is a highlight video of Gilbert’s career with Oklahoma State