By: Steve Johnson
Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 6 games. 18 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 pass break ups
2017: 13 games. 35 tackles, 3 TFL, 6 int (7 yards), 15 pass break ups,
2018: 2 games. 4 tackles
Injuries: Suffered a hip injury in 2018, requiring season ending surgery.
Strengths: Great ball skills. Excellent at timing the ball, there were times I thought he was beat but he somehow got the PBU. Long and lanky. Technically sound corner. Rarely see him out of position. Understands coverage concepts. Good eyes and anticipation. Good hand usage to reroute receivers. Has NFL bloodlines (nephew of Sean Gilbert and cousin of Darrelle Revis).
Weaknesses: Overall athleticism is nothing special. Thin, needs to get bigger and stronger. Gets beat at the LOS too often. Lunges too often at ball carriers. Doesn’t offer much in the run game. The hip injury, suffered in 2018, will need require necessary vetting from team’s medical staffs.
Overview: A long and lanky cover corner that has experience in zone and man coverages. Gilbert has NFL bloodlines and has a great understanding of whats asked from him on each play. He lacks elite athleticism, but has enough to be a starting outside CB in the NFL. He will need to get stronger and offer more in run support.
Draft Projection: Late Day 3
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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