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Justin Rodrell Gilbert (born November 7, 1991) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after playing college football at Oklahoma State. He has also been a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Justin Gilbert
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Gilbert with the Cleveland Browns in 2014
No. 21, 24
Personal information
Born: (1991-11-07) November 7, 1991 (age 27)
Huntsville, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Huntsville (Huntsville, Texas)
College:Oklahoma State
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:42
Forced fumbles:0
Pass deflections:9
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

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, Gilbert was listed as the No. 37 athlete in the state of Texas in 2010.[3]

College careerEdit

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[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 careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
202 lb
(92 kg)
33 18 in
(0.84 m)
8 58 in
(0.22 m)
4.35 s 1.54 s 2.50 s 4.39 s 7.03 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[12]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

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 saw production 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 SteelersEdit

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

After not seeing the field in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins, Gilbert made his Steelers debut against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 18, playing exclusively on special teams. After another week of special teams duty against the Philadelphia Eagles, Gilbert made his Steelers defensive debut against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 2, covering 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]

During the 2016 season, Gilbert played in 12 games, recording 1 solo tackle and assisting on 2 others. He also made his NFL postseason debut, playing against the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, returning 3 kickoffs for 43 yards.

On February 6, 2017, Gilbert was released by the Steelers.[18][19]

On June 20, 2017, Gilbert was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.[20]


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  2. ^ "Region 3-4A Meet - Boys Final Results (FAT) (Raw)". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Freshman All-America Team Archived September 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 2012 Fiesta Bowl
  6. ^ "Oklahoma State football: Justin Gilbert returning for senior season". January 6, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "Oklahoma State football: Justin Gilbert shows Barry Sanders 'what we do here nowadays' with kickoff return TD". November 9, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  8. ^ "Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert named a Thorpe Award finalist". November 25, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Gilbert Named a Jim Thorpe Award Finalist". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Gilbert Wins College Football Performance Award". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert earns College Football Performance Award". January 9, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  12. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Justin Gilbert". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma State, CB : 2014 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  14. ^ "Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert's NFL draft stock 'soaring'". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  15. ^ Farrar, Doug. "Cleveland Browns select Justin Gilbert No. 8 overall in the 2014 NFL draft". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  16. ^ "Browns trade DB Justin Gilbert to Pittsburgh". September 3, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  17. ^ Dave Bryan. "Darrius Heyward-Bey on Justin Gilbert: He's getting better". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  18. ^ "Steelers release Justin Gilbert". February 6, 2017.
  19. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (February 6, 2017). "Steelers release former first-rounder Justin Gilbert".
  20. ^ Chris Chavez. "Former Browns CB Justin Gilbert suspended for a year for substance abuse". Retrieved August 29, 2017.

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