Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State solidifies lofty draft status

Cornerback Justin Gilbert solidified his status in the top half of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with a standout performance at Oklahoma State’s pro day on Thursday.

The workout was held indoors inside Oklahoma State’s state-of-the-art Sherman E. Smith Training Center, which opened in 2013. All 32 NFL teams were represented, including defensive back coaches from six teams, New England Patriots assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi, and the general manager (Kevin Colbert) and head coach (Mike Tomlin) of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Andy Speyer, a scout for the Philadelphia Eagles, orchestrated the whole pro-day workout like a Picasso. It was really well done. Vance Joseph, the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive backs coach, ran the drills for the defensive backs.

Gilbert (6-foot-0, 198 pounds) ran the short shuttle in 4.43 seconds, but slipped during the run. He also posted a three-cone time of 6.91 seconds. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the 40-yard dash and bench press). Gilbert looked outstanding in the position drills run by Joseph. He was especially adept at backpedaling. Gilbert cemented his position as a top-15 caliber draft pick.

Josh Stewart, WR (5-9 7/8, 176) — Stewart ran the 40 in 4.69 and 4.65 seconds, which was a little better than what he ran at the combine. He had a 4.33-second short shuttle and 7.15-second three-cone. Stewart is a quality receiver — looking good in the receiver drills — but he also did an unbelievable job of catching punts at the pro day.

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