24-Year-Old Cornerback – Pittsburgh Steelers
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Gilbert, the eighth-overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, has done everything in the NFL except live up to his pedigree. Along with a new head coach came a blank slate for Gilbert, though, and he n...
2016 ADP: –
Bye Week: 8
Justin Gilbert Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $12.63 million deal with the Browns in May of 2014.
Gilbert (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Gilbert was rightfully labeled a bust in his rookie campaign, as the No. 8 overall pick lost a starting job to Buster Skrine in camp and played sparingly for the remainder of the season. He even found himself on the inactive list several weeks, as Gilbert was reportedly dealing with some personal and maturity issues. He has the skill set to be a starter in the NFL, but the Browns made a sound statement about their confidence in him when they went out and signed high-priced free agent cornerback Tramon Williams this offseason. As a result, Gilbert is poised to take on a reserve role once again in 2015.
Gilbert will compete with the likes of Buster Skrine and Leon McFadden to earn the starting cornerback job opposite Pro-Bowler Joe Haden in 2014. The rookie has demonstrated a nose for the football in his past, as he collected seven interceptions during his senior season at Oklahoma State. He likely won't make many tackles, but if he earns the starting job, opposing quarterbacks will likely look his way frequently rather than take their chances against Haden. This would give the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 draft plenty of opportunities to create turnovers this season.