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Combine Q&A: Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert is a big cornerback to reckon with
INDIANAPOLIS — With a defense going through a major makeover after an awful 2013 season, the Sun-Times is looking at draft prospects the Bears may target in the 2014 draft.
This Q&A with Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert is part of that series.
On what makes him the best cornerback in the draft:
“Dedication to the game and the work that I put in day in and day out off the field, watching film, making guys around me better, the younger guys when I was at Oklahoma St. always talking to them and bringing them in and watching film.”
On being a corner with size:
“You have to be able to use great technique. Because a guy like me, you have long legs, short torso. So it’s kind of hard for me to get my hips down and turn around and all that. But the more you work at it, the better you get at it.”
On coming from a pass-happy conference:
“I think that Big 12 defensive backs are some of the best DBs in the country and college football. Sometimes we’re overlooked because we give up plays, but at the same time we have way more plays coming at us instead of say, for instance, the SEC, they have a lot of run
attacks where the corners are not being pressured a lot. So we have a lot to live up to.”
On his focus right now:
“My transition coming out of my breaks and backpedalling. I was a terrible backpedaller, especially when I first got there because I was a quarterback in high school. So defensive back was new to me. Being a good backpedaller and fluid with my hips was a big key.”