Mark Gilbert NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Pittsburgh Steelers CB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 2, 2021

Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers (4) runs after a catch as Duke Blue cornerback Mark Gilbert (28) tries to make the tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Durham, N.C. (Nell Redmond/Pool Photo via AP)
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HEIGHT: 6'0 1/8"




—Plays with low pad level with good flexibility in hips.

—Plays with feet and leverage to mirror at line of scrimmage.

—Shows speed to run with receiver downfield.

—Good job sinking hips and getting out of breaks.

—Has the ball skills to head to track and attack the ball.



—Slightly undersized frame.

—Below average strength, gets moved on the edge easily.

—Tackling is inconsistent. Catch tackler and ankle biter at times.



—2 Games: 8 Tackles, 1 INT

—2017 Stats 35 Tackles, 6 INT, 15 PBU



Cousin of Darrelle Revis

Left hip injury third game of the 2018 season against Northwestern and did not play in the 2019 season.

—2018/2020 Season: Only played in two games each season.


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Gilbert is an intriguing cornerback who has missed two seasons with an unfortunate left hip injury. Prior to his injury, Gilbert was a productive player flashing speed, fluidity, and ball skills to potentially be a top cornerback in the country. He has below average overall functional strength, which could be because of his injury. While showing a willingness to support the run, he lacks the physicality needed at times. He played with more reckless abandonment towards the run game in 2017.

Gilbert was able to show his cover ability in 2020 with quick feet and very good technique. Gilbert has also shown the ability to open up and run with most receivers downfield with excellent hip flip and short strides that match receivers step for step. He showed very good overall movement, and has shown to have returned back to somewhat of his pre-injury form during his Pro Day. Gilbert has all of the tools to be an outstanding player in the league. That all mostly depends on his durability and ability to play the run.


GRADE: 7.5/10 (Potential NFL Starter - Round 3)





Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings

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