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For teams lacking speed and playmaking ability in the secondary, Gilbert will be a top target. The second-team All-American in 2013 ran the fastest 40-yard dash time of any defensive player at the scouting combine, clocking in at 4.37 seconds. Combine that with his terrific ball-hawking skills and a constant need for pure talent at the cornerback position and special teams, it is expected the Oklahoma State star will be a first-round selection, and perhaps the first cornerback taken. Gilbert had seven of his 12 career interceptions his senior season, running two of them back for touchdowns en route to being an All-Big 12 selection. He also averaged 26.3 yards per kickoff return during his career and brought back six kicks for touchdowns. Gilbert has the size to match up with some of the league's bigger, more physical receivers and instinctive enough to play either man or zone. He showed his leaping ability at the combine, posting a distance of 10-feet 6-inches in the broad jump. The biggest drawback on Gilbert's resume is his play against the run. Scouts felt he didn't shed blocks very well with the Cowboys, wasn't too eager to stick his nose in a pile and can be blocked by physical receivers. Gilbert also had some disagreements with coaching during his time at Oklahoma State, leading to concerns about his attitude. Still, Gilbert is as good as they come at his position in the 2014 draft class, with a combination of size and speed that perfectly fits the new evolving mold of today's NFL defensive back.