NAME: Mark Gilbert
JERSEY: No. 28
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 175 lbs
The nephew of former No. 3 overall pick Sean Gilbert and cousin of seven-time pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, Gilbert has impressive bloodlines and is among the best cover men in the ACC. Coming off a sophomore season in which he was the leading vote-getter among cornerbacks for All-ACC honors, Gilbert racked up 35 tackles, 15 pass breakups and six interceptions.
As evidenced by his ball production, Gilbert’s ball skills standout when studying his game tape. The game slows down for him at the catch point and he does well to drive forward on the football and disrupt passes. He is equally adept at tracking the football over his shoulder and he has natural hands to secure turnovers. Gilbert plays through the receivers hands and breaks on passes with proper timing.
Gilbert does well to trust his technique and is experienced in man, zone and press coverage and has outstanding coverage awareness and route anticipation skills. While he has a thin frame, Gilbert does well to wrap up low despite overall modest contact power.
The concerns with Gilbert stem from a lack of play strength that impact his ability to get off blocks and defend the d-gap. He doesn’t have the power in his hands to truly redirect routes at the line of scrimmage, limiting his effectiveness in press coverage. While Gilbert has enough athletic ability to play corner in the NFL, he isn’t overly impressive in terms of speed, quickness or fluidity which raise concerns about his ability to function in off man coverage in the NFL.
Gilbert’s ability to play the ball, technique and coverage instincts are outstanding but a stronger and quicker version of him is needed to cement his draft stock.