Justin Gilbert (CB), Oklahoma State
6'0" | 202 lbs.
42 tackles, 7 INT, 2 TD
What scouts are saying:
"He's head and shoulders over everybody else. He has that prototypical size, length and ability to go up and play the football down the field. That's what he does better than anybody else in this draft class." (Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com)
"A big, fast, athletic, man-cover corner capable of locking down receivers and creating big plays in the return game. Is the most physically gifted cover man in this year's draft and has the athletic talent to walk into a starting job and match up with big receivers from Day One if he continues to work at his craft after a big payday and prepares like a pro." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Gilbert changes directions fluidly and has impressive acceleration to handle deep coverage responsibilities against speedy receivers. Gilbert possesses prototypical height and overall frame for the position with broad shoulders and long arms. He extends well to snatch the ball out of the air and times his leap well. Gilbert is a willing tackler, who closes quickly and effectively." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears re-signed starting cornerbacks Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman this offseason, but are certainly on the lookout for a top corner in this year's draft, such as Gilbert. While Jennings will remain a Bear for the next four years, Tillman's future beyond next season is unclear. Gilbert could be the perfect long-term solution at corner, while playing his rookie season alongside two Pro Bowl corners.