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Justin Gilbert runs into competition to be first corner

Henry Josey, Justin Gilbert AP

Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert has the requisite confidence to play his position, and he showed Tuesday he has the speed as well.

Gilbert ran his 40-yard dashes in an unofficial 4.35 and 4.38 seconds, which could put him in position to be the top cornerback taken.

Of course, Gilbert’s not aware of some of the corners he’s in competition with, either. When it was mentioned to him at the Scouting Combine that Virginia Tech’s Antone Exum said he was the best cornerback in the draft, Gilbert replied: “I don’t even know who that is. Yeah, I think I’m the best corner in the draft.”

He replied similarly when asked how he compared to Patriots free agent Aqib Talib, saying: “Who? I don’t know who that is. I don’t watch a lot of football. We have practice on Sundays and I didn’t get a chance to watch a lot of the game.”

He did say he admired NFL cornerbacks Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman, so he does have some familiarity with the pro game.

And after running the way he did (at 6 feet, 202 pounds), coupled with his 20 reps in the 225-pound bench press and established return skills, many more people will know who he is.

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12 Responses to “Justin Gilbert runs into competition to be first corner”
  1. rodeoclownclint24 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:17 AM

    This guys an idiot

  2. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Feb 25, 2014 10:21 AM

    I doubt he doesnt know who aqib talib is…its your job as a future employee to do research on your future company…

  3. neej49er says: Feb 25, 2014 10:41 AM

    This is the CB I’m hoping the 49ers can get , they have enough draft picks to trade up and get him

  4. druhlman says: Feb 25, 2014 10:42 AM

    I’m guessing that he knows who talib is he is just trying to be a Sherman wannabe…still an idiot though.

  5. realnflmaster says: Feb 25, 2014 10:44 AM

    Wow. What a mistake!

  6. bmorepositive123 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:46 AM

    He’s certainly focused. A lot of players would be better off if they didn’t read what the media has to say

  7. kneedragr says: Feb 25, 2014 11:01 AM

    Way to go kid! Go to the scouting combine and say a bunch of egotistical and stupid sh1t, let everyone know what a dumb@ss you are, really screw up your draft stock!

  8. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 25, 2014 11:02 AM

    Didn’t Exum almost fall down on his backpedal right before dropping a pass just a moment ago?

  9. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 25, 2014 11:05 AM

    Moves himself into first round consideration with a great workout and right back out of it with moronic comments without even changing venues.

    Productive week.

  10. lionshawk says: Feb 25, 2014 11:19 AM

    Lions……unless somehow Sammy Watkins drops.

  11. beavertonsteve says: Feb 25, 2014 11:26 AM

    Who cares whether he knows the names of NFL defensive backs. Ask him the names and abilities of Big 12 receivers and QBs, then if he can’t answer I’d actually care.

  12. garyhd01 says: Feb 25, 2014 11:30 AM

    ill be damned as a ram fan i want us to get greg robinson khalil mack haha dix justin gilbert and sammy watkins we are gonna need more first round picks. seriously i love mack and dix best based on our spots 2 and 13.

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