30 for 29: This is the twentieth in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
6-0, 202 pounds, 11/7/91
2013: 42 tackles, 7 passes defensed, seven INTs, 0 forced fumbles
Native of Huntsville, Texas who was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and set the Big 12 career record for kickoff return touchdowns (six). First-team All-Big 12 and consensus All-American in 2013. Had left shoulder injury in 2013 that limited him against Baylor. Also missed a game with injury as a freshman.
TO THE GOOD
Logged the best 40 time at the Combine (4.37) and the best bench among corners (20 reps). Nice length. Shadows well. Breaks on the ball with excellent catch-up speed and swallows up what appears to be separation. Moves seamlessly and is excellent with the ball in his hands as his eight return touchdowns and this video demonstrates.
TO THE BAD
Not an aggressive tackler and does a fair amount of body checking instead of tackling. Has a very high opinion of himself which is usually a plus in terms of on-field confidence but not if it trends to ward being annoying to teammates and coaches. Has tiny hands.
For 2014, the Patriots are in nice shape for the most part. They added Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner in the off-season. Logan Ryan had a very nice first season. Alfonzo Dennard was banged-up at the end of the year but when healthy he’s a very competitive No. 2 corner. Kyle Arrington is an excellent slot corner. But if the Patriots don’t renegotiate Revis, they’ll be right back looking for a corner next offseason. Gilbert is one of the top three corners in this draft. But if he slides into the 20s, the Patriots may look at making a move to get him. If he’s there at 29, he’d be a steal.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com - No. 11, Titans
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