Originally Posted by Nick
Excellent job Nick. Now, with...
A humble and respectful 'what if' option from an outsider / far from "expert" analyst: me! :)
Round 1. In addition to Matthews as first pick...
Round 1: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
Round 2 (f/CLE): Justin Gilbert, CB, OSU
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Justin Gilbert 2014 NFL Draft preseason scouting report
By Matthew Fairburn
Gilbert may be the best athlete among senior cornerbacks in the entire country. His straight-line speed is excellent and he gets to top speed in a hurry. In terms of recovering after getting beat, Gilbert doesn't have much of an issue. He's also able to close on the football quickly. At 6 feet tall and right around 200 pounds, Gilbert has a nice build for the position and the arm length to go with it.
As a kick returner, Gilbert is ready to make an impact in the NFL from day one. He has blazing speed and confidently hits the seam when he sees it. His acceleration is an asset in the return game as well.
It's also apparent both when returning kicks and dropping back in coverage that Gilbert is a confident and aggressive player. This doesn't always work out in his favor, but it makes him a big play threat whenever he is able to get his hands on the football.
Mack Brown: Cowboys CB Justin Gilbert will be top pick in NFL
By Dan Greenspan, NFL News / College Football 24/7 writer
Published: Nov. 14, 2013 at 05:54 p.m.
Updated: Nov. 14, 2013 at 06:29 p.m
There is no reasonable or defensible explanation for opponents to keep kicking off to Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert. Yet they keep doing it, as Kansas allowed the senior to pick up his sixth-career kick-return touchdown last week to claim the Big 12 record.
"They're still kicking it to him some, and he's just running it right back," Texas head coach Mack Brown said Wednesday. "He's really good, so fast and strong."
Gilbert is now averaging 26.6 yards per return for his career, but it might only be the second-most compelling reason for NFL teams to take notice. Gilbert has four interceptions this season, tied for the conference lead, after posting five in 2011.
That tally included picks of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill, three of the first eight players selected in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Conversely, Gilbert didn't have a single interception last season. Those boom-or-bust tendencies could be a major concern when Gilbert is evaluated, but Brown doesn't think it will be an issue.
"He is going to be a top pick in the NFL," Brown said.
What cannot be questioned is the physical dimension the 6-foot, 200-pound Gilbert can bring. That aspect of Gilbert's game will be critical over the next two weeks against deep-threat WRs Mike Davis (Texas) and Antwan Goodley (Baylor). Pressing them at the line of scrimmage and preventing them the opportunity to build up speed will be key.
ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: CB - Justin Gilbert, Sr., Oklahoma State: Where Dennard may be the country's best lockdown corner, Gilbert is the big-play specialist. An extraordinary athlete with the hands, vision and speed to score any time he gets his hands on the ball, Gilbert led the Big 12 with six interceptions in 2013. He's also returned six kickoffs for TDs during his career in Stillwater. -
Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN:
DB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, 6-0 200, Sr., Huntsville, TX...Gilbert becomes the 15th OSU player to earn Walter Camp All-America status and the first since offensive lineman Levy Adcock was named to the 2011 team. The Walter Camp All-America Team is the oldest All-America team in collegiate football. Gilbert, a senior cornerback, has six interceptions this season, a mark that leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth nationally. He has two pick-sixes on the year, coming at Iowa State and at Texas. His 11 career interceptions rank him 14th among all active players and his 27 career pass break-ups are the most for any Cowboy.
Additionally, he has three non-offensive touchdowns this year, including a 31-yard interception return at Iowa State, a 100-yard kickoff return against Kansas and a 43-yard interception return at Texas. He has eight non-offensive touchdowns in his career. The kickoff return against Kansas earned him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Gilbert leads all active players with six kickoff return touchdowns in his career. He is the Big 12 all-time leader in that category and is just one kickoff return touchdown shy of the NCAA career record of seven, held jointly by Clemson's C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston's Tyron Carrier (2008-11). He also leads the Big 12 and ranks 17th nationally by averaging 26.6 yards per kickoff return.
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12/12/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM:
Defensive back Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 200, Sr., Huntsville, Texas,...One of the nation's top cornerbacks and a finalist for the Thorpe Award, Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and also has seven pass breakups and 40 tackles. Gilbert previously earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors as a cornerback in 2011, while a year ago he notched second-team all-league honors as a kickoff returner.
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12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES):
DB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, Sr., Huntsville, Texas/Huntsville...One of the nation's top cornerbacks and a finalist for the Thorpe Award, Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and also has seven pass breakups and 40 tackles.
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12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES):
Justin Gilbert (KR/PR, ST PoY)...One of the nation's top cornerbacks and a finalist for the Thorpe Award, Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and also has seven pass breakups and 40 tackles. - Oklahoma State football
12/12/2013 - 2013 THORPE AWARD FINALIST (TOP DEFENSIVE BACK):
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State...Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions this season. He has two pick-sixes on the year (at Iowa State and at Texas). His 11 career interceptions rank him 16th among all active players and his 25 career pass break-ups are the most for any Cowboy. - Thorpe Award