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The Browns used their first draft pick on Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert.
To the surprise of many—a lot of mock drafts had the team going quarterback or wide receiver early on—Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine went down a completely different path.
Adding Gilbert, though surprising, was a fantastic move. He may not be the most polished cornerback in the 2014 draft, but his playmaking ability and upside are second to none.
WalterFootball.com's Charlie Campbell talked about why Gilbert was being regarded as such a high draft pick:
For the NFL, Gilbert projects to being a No. 1 cornerback. He can line up in man coverage and take on the other team's best receiver. Gilbert has the size to match up on big receivers and the speed to run with deep threats downfield. He is very good in bump-and-run and also excels in off-man coverage. Gilbert is very fast with the athleticism to turn and run with receivers to not allow separation. His loose hips allow him to flip around to stay with them in and out of their breaks to maintain coverage.
Assuming that projection holds true, it's easy to picture him as the team's No. 2 cornerback coming out of training camp.
Outside of Joe Haden, he's the most polished and dangerous defensive back on the roster.
For all of the things he does right on the field, the beauty of Gilbert comes off the field. He's a humble personality who always focuses on the task ahead.
"I'm a person that doesn't really like to be in the spotlight a lot," Gilbert told Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today.
With Haden and his $67.5 million contract out there and Johnny Manziel on the roster, that media spotlight is going to be far away from Gilbert. Thankfully, that seems to be the way he likes it.