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Should Cowboys Take A Chance On This Former 1st-Round Draft Pick?

Should Cowboys Take A Chance On This Former 1st-Round Draft Pick?

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Should Cowboys Take A Chance On This Former 1st-Round Draft Pick?

Should Cowboys Take A Chance On This Former 1st-Round Draft Pick?

The Dallas Cowboys top priority this off-season is to improve the defensive side of the ball, especially the talent/depth at the defensive end and cornerback positions. They should leave no stone unturned, which is why I think they should take a chance on former the 1st-round draft pick, Justin Gilbert.

Justin Gilbert was the eighth overall draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has already been tabbed with the dreaded “bust” label, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could show an interest in bringing him aboard regardless of any labels associated with the former standout CB from Oklahoma State.

With Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr’s possible departure in free agency this off-season, the Cowboys depth at CB is extremely thin. The position is so thin in fact, that Anthony Brown, Orlando Scandrick, and Leon McFadden would be the starter’s if the season were to start today.

As you can see, the CB position absolutely has to be addressed and taking a chance on Justin Gilbert can be one of those low risk high reward situations the Cowboys haven’t minded taking the past.

Now, Gilbert’s passion for the game and work ethic have been discussed at length as to the reasons why he hasn’t been able to live up to his draft status so far. But, at 6’0″, 202 and legitimate 4.3 speed, Gilbert is still an intriguing prospect at just 25 years old.

The Dallas Cowboys could be the perfect place for him to resurrect his career and if you continue reading I’ll tell you why I think that’s the case.

Was The Dallas Cowboys Defensive Line Better Than We Thought?Reason #1: The Rod Marinelli effect

I may be biased, but I don’t think there is another defensive coordinator in the NFL that gets more out of his players then what Rod Marinelli does.

Ever since joining Dallas Cowboys, Marinelli has continuously gotten his defense to out perform everyone’s expectations, despite the lackluster talent he has had to work with. If anybody can help Justin Gilbert reach his potential, it’s Marinelli.

Of course, Rod Marinelli shouldn’t be given all the credit. Cowboys cornerback coach, Joe Baker, also deserves to be recognized for the work he did with his CBs last year.

Baker did an outstanding job preparing his cornerbacks week after week despite the injuries that occurred throughout the season. Look no further than what he was able to do with rookie CB, Anthony Brown.

Brown had an outstanding rookie season, despite being the Cowboys sixth round draft pick.  His quick development will likely earn him a starting spot next season.

Just imagine what Rod Marinelli and Joe Baker can do with the talent like Justin Gilbert.

Should Cowboys Take A Chance On This Former 1st-Round Draft Pick? 1Reason #2: A return to The Lone Star State

What better way to rediscover your love for the game you’ve played nearly your entire life then to return to your home state and reignite the fire that drove you to want to become a professional football player in the first place?

That’s right, for those of you that didn’t know, Justin Gilbert is from the great state of Texas. He attended Huntsville High School, in Huntsville, Texas, where he was a quarterback and defensive back for the Huntsville Hornets football team.

Returning home to Texas could be the best thing that could possibly happen to Gilbert if he is serious about resurrecting his career. There is just no better feeling than to be surrounded by friends and family in a familiar setting.

After finishing his career at Oklahoma State, which by the way isn’t too far from Texas, having to move to Cleveland after being drafted by the Browns must have been a complete culture shock. Not only did Gilbert have to familiarize himself with a new state/city, he also ended up having to play for one of the worst teams in the NFL for the past several seasons.

I don’t know about you, but that would kind of make me question my passion for the game as well.

I honestly think that if Justin Gilbert was able to get back to his roots in the Lone Star State, he would rediscover why he fell in love with the game to begin with and start playing like the CB a lot of people thought he was coming out of Oklahoma State.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should take a chance on Justin Gilbert?

Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

6 Comments
  • Randy Martin

    You have to wonder though when he had a chance to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh, where some players have found new life. Joe Thomas, his former teammate at Cleveland had some disparaging remarks about Gilbert, basically implying he doesn’t want to play football. Sounds a little like RoMac, though for possibly different reasons. That being said it has certainly worth bringing him in and sitting down with him to find out where his head is at and work him out. If he passes the sniff test, he could be a cheap signing.

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I agree with you. In Pittsburgh he didn’t really get a chance to get on the field on defense because he was buried on the depth chart. The only playing time he did receive was returning kicks. I think they cut him because they didn’t want to pay him the money he was making. I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to re-sign him to a cheaper contract. I would take a chance on bringing him to camp and see if a return to his home state can reignite his passion for football. I know playing for arguably the worst team in the league (Browns) would kind of make it hard to want to come to work every day. It could be one of those low risk high reward situations.

  • Jason Waltner

    Bring him in. Vet minimum. See if he gets out of camp…

    • Brian Martin

      I agree, but it will depend on how much they invest in the position in the draft this week. I would definitely take a chance though.

      • Jason Waltner

        Do it anyway regardless of draft. Better competition, better players, better depth. We only have 3 CBs right now. If we drafted 2, that’s only 5. Need to bring in about 8-10 for camp

        • Brian Martin

          They definitely need more depth, but any rookie they bring in needs as many repetitions as possible to get up to speed. There are only so many practices to do that.

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