A Look At Justin Gilbert’s Seven Interceptions From Last Season

I watched a lot of tape Saturday of Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert and thought I would highlight all seven of his interceptions in 2013 for you when I was through.

Gilbert’s first interception of the season was a gift, but he gets credit for being in the right place to receive it. Gilbert recognizes the screen and breaks off of his receiver towards the play and the tipped pass lands right in his hands.

Gilbert’s second interception of the 2013 season came against West Virginia and while it looks like he might have been beat over the top in the first gif of the play, you will see in the second one how well he uses the sideline as an extra defender, and how he uses his big body and long arms to bump the receiver off his route. Look at the extension he gets on this play as well as he goes up to high point it. Very impressive.

Against TCU, Gilbert runs the receiver’s route for him and easily makes the play on the overthrown ball. This pass never had a chance to be completed.

Against Iowa State, Gilbert follows the receiver in motion pre snap. When the receiver stomps his feet at the top of his route to break outside, Gilbert breaks as well, cutting off the route. The late pass is easily picked for a touchdown.

This Texas receiver was never open right here and the ball never should have been thrown. Great hands here by Gilbert to pluck this one out of the air as if he was the receiver.

Gilbert has the inside all the way here on this go route and becomes the receiver once again.

Another instance here of Gilbert being in the right place at the right time. The safety does a great job of breaking on the football and once the ball goes off the receivers hands, Gilbert is there for the tip drill.

While Gilbert does have his warts, he has good anticipation to go along with great ball skills. He loves to jump routes, but has shown that he can also run with receivers on the outside. If he falls to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, he will obviously be very hard to pass up.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    We have not seen route reading, coverage skills, ball skills like this since Rod Woodson.

  • Weiss Chad

    I keep flip flopping on my favorite cb thanks to knowledge learned on this site through articles and comments as well as tape.Battle tested,good hands and ball skills,brings extra dimensions to special teams.I think any of top 3 cbs would be just fine.Imo They all bring a different skill set that seems that would fit in their own ways.Trade back and get Fuller/shazier/Tuitt and extra second to grab a wr/cb and or te lb safety, and leave shmarko in current role,pending on first rd pick.Just my opinion ,which will probably change about every hr til draft .

  • chris ward

    While Gilbert has some flaws, 7 Int’s last year is impressive. Has great ball skills and covers well, with his pure athleticism. Gilbert’s game changing plays on special teams and on defense, makes him an intriguing prospect.

  • ApexSteel

    Everyone’s caught up on the fact that he’s not a “Steelers” CB, (physicality and aggressive against the run) but Steelers CBs are a big part of the reason why we went 8-8 the last two years and they’ve been slaughtered by the likes of Brady and Manning for years. We need play makers and shut down corners.

  • Brian K

    I seriously believe he is the one the Steelers covet. I think they are cut creating smoke by bringing in the other guys and not him. Like Dave said in the podcast, who cares if he’s not great in run support if he’s making 8+picks a season.

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  • 804Stiller

    Yeah, I agree. Heck if the main knock on him is run support but he is giving you 5+ picks a season once he settles in and gives you something in the return game, you have to have a place for him. Pick 15 has to give us some splash plays………….Turnovers and/or Touchdowns………..

  • Tullydew

    Fuller, Dennard, Roby and Verrett all visited the Steelers facilities and coaching staff.

    Gilbert was not invited on a visit. Coincidence?

    Steelers have no interest in a DB who is allergic to tackling. He looks like Tarzan and tackles like Jane.

  • gene mann

    Gilbert or Denard very interesting I understand most like a physical CB but we can really use a playmaker?

  • Virdin Barzey

    I agree. I think that’s another reason why they let that boy go to New Orleans as well. I like Gilbert because he’s a playmaker and seems to be a bigger playmaker than Dennard. You can’t coach speed and doubt you can ball skills. Gilbert has it, though Dennard seems more of a fit for us.

  • ApexSteel

    But Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin attended his pro day and had a noticeably long conversation with him. That means nothing right?

  • ApexSteel

    Keenan Lewis is from New Orleans. It’s fair to assume that he wanted to play for his hometown team rather than come back.

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  • ApexSteel

    Right of course.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Many a guys want to play in there hometown. If the Steelers really wanted him they would have. He was a great cover guy but not a good tackler or run support. Easier to let him go home, makes a good story.

  • ApexSteel

    “If the Steelers really wanted him they would have him” That’s not true at all…

  • or since Troy

  • Toddy Bravo

    @ ApexSteel. Exactly. According to this guy, meeting with David DeCastro at his pro day in 2012 (but not bringing him in for a visit) also meant they had no interest in him, right? lol.

  • Toddy Bravo

    I would also add that the criticisms of his run support are greatly exaggerated. Dennard is more physical for sure, but Gilbert didn’t play in a system where he was counted on to hug the LOS and make plays in the run game (ala Willie Gay). They needed him to be a tall, fast shut-down corner and that’s exactly what he was, maybe the best in the country at it. Nobody can ever make me believe that he doesn’t have the skills to defend the run if asked to do so. For me, the fact that he was the best kick returner in college football the last 2 years is just the cherry on top of an impressive resume.

    Lastly, while I’d happily take Dennard, don’t forget that he has some flaws too. I’ve watched tape on every top CB prospect and noticed that he grabbed more receivers downfield than any other that I saw. He tries to mask his lack of elite speed by holding receivers. You can bet that some of those are going to get called at the next level.

  • j m

    Gilbert is so much better than Dennard it’s a joke we’re even discussing it.

  • shawn

    the guy is as good a play maker as there is in the NFL period ! … is he a complete CB, by no means … but very few are outside of Revis … the guy is worthy of a 1st rounder and will be a pro bowler no doubt!

  • shawn

    You know what i like out about your post … is that its is far and away the most thumbed upped post of this story and one of the more of any stories Dave posts … and the reason for it is clear … many of us see that the type of CBs we covet are the reason for the poor secondary play and that we need to covet more playmakers especially in todays NFL … the last true playmaker i remember at CB in the last 30 (ya REALLY 30 LONG years is and was Woodson) that is a very telling stat !

    As dave says this guy has worts but it won’t matter after his 2nd year in the league and his pro bowl selection !

  • shawn

    we can use a playmaker as Cortez is fine as the physical CB !

  • shawn

    i think he meant at CB !

  • shawn

    very true … excellent job at the GIFS … the guy will surely get burned from time to time but what i really LIKE …no LOVE is that he plays the QB & the WR at the same time … and very FEW CBs are able to do that … ( i really dont think that can be teached .. they either do it or not) … that is probably in my opinion one of the biggest reasons for success as a CB in the NFL … granted they have the skills !

    He’s a keeper !