Justin Gilbert

Justin Gilbert

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Gilbert with the Cleveland Browns in 2014
No. 24Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-11-07) November 7, 1991
Place of birth: Huntsville, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Huntsville (TX)
College: Oklahoma State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Unanimous All-American (2013)
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2013)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2012)
  • 2012 Second-Team All-Big 12 KR/PR, Coaches
  • 2013 Jim Thorpe award finalist
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2015
Tackles: 39
Pass defensed: 9
Interceptions: 1
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Justin Rodrell Gilbert (born November 7, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after playing collegiate football at Oklahoma State.

Early years

Gilbert attended Huntsville High School in Huntsville, Texas, where he was a three-sport star in football, basketball and track. He played as a defensive back and quarterback for the Huntsville Hornets football team, and was a two-time district MVP. He was a SuperPrep All-region selection and was ranked by that publication as the No. 51 player in Texas. As a junior, he accumulated 785 passing yards and 628 rushing yards. In his senior year, he rushed for over 1,000 yards with nine touchdowns and passed for over 800 yards.[1]

Also a standout track & field athlete, Gilbert was one of the state's top sprinters. He captured two regional titles at the 2010 State 3-4A Regional, winning the 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.47 second, and the 200-meter dash, with a time of 21.29 seconds, while also placing second in the long jump (6.78 meters) and anchoring the 4x100 squad to a second-place finish.[2]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Gilbert was listed as the No. 37 athlete in the state of Texas in 2010.[3]

College career

Gilbert attended Oklahoma State University between 2010 and 2013. As a true freshman in 2010, Gilbert was a backup cornerback and kick returner. For the season he had 18 tackles and returned two kickoff returns for touchdowns. He was named a freshman All-American by Rivals.com.[4] As a sophomore in 2011, he had 48 tackles, five interceptions and two kickoff return touchdowns. He was the defensive MVP of the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.[5] As a junior in 2012, he had 53 tackles and one kickoff return for a touchdown. He nearly entered the 2013 NFL Draft but decided against it.[6] As a senior in 2013, he set the Big 12 Conference record for kickoff return touchdowns with six.[7] He was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.[8][9] Gilbert won the 2013 College Football Performance Award as the nation's top defensive back.[10][11]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 202 lb33 18 in8 58 in 4.35 s 1.54 s 2.50 s 4.39 s 7.03 s 35.5 in 10 ft 6 in 20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[12]

Cleveland Browns

Gilbert was considered one of the top cornerback prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.[13][14] Gilbert was selected eighth overall in the first round by the Cleveland Browns.[15]

After a slow start to his rookie season, where he had missed two games due to an illness and a heel injury, Gilbert finally came alive in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts, where he had been forced into action due to an injury to teammate K'Waun Williams. He ended the game with four tackles and one interception in which he returned for a touchdown. The Colts would win the game, 25-24.

Pittsburgh Steelers

On September 3, 2016, Gilbert was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick.[16]

On October 2, 2016, Gilbert made his Steelers debut against the Kansas City Chiefs but only came in for a handful of plays to only cover Travis Kelce. Through the first ten weeks he played only 11 defensive snaps and was mainly used on kickoff coverage but also returned three kickoff returns for 69-yards.[17]


  1. http://www.okstate.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/justin_gilbert_652766.html
  2. "Region 3-4A Meet - Boys Final Results (FAT) (Raw)". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  3. "Rivals.com". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. Rivals.com Freshman All-America Team
  5. 2012 Fiesta Bowl
  6. "Oklahoma State football: Justin Gilbert returning for senior season". 6 January 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  7. "Oklahoma State football: Justin Gilbert shows Barry Sanders 'what we do here nowadays' with kickoff return TD". 9 November 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  8. "Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert named a Thorpe Award finalist". 25 November 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  9. "Gilbert Named a Jim Thorpe Award Finalist". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  10. "Gilbert Wins College Football Performance Award". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  11. "Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert earns College Football Performance Award". 9 January 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  12. "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Justin Gilbert". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  13. "Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma State, CB : 2014 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  14. "Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert's NFL draft stock 'soaring'". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  15. Farrar, Doug. "Cleveland Browns select Justin Gilbert No. 8 overall in the 2014 NFL draft". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  16. "Browns trade DB Justin Gilbert to Pittsburgh". ClevelandBrowns.com. September 3, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  17. Dave Bryan. "Darrius Heyward-Bey on Justin Gilbert: He's getting better". steelersdepot.com. Retrieved November 16, 2016.

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