One of the first defensive backs to run their 40-yard dash on Tuesday morning was Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard. After running a 4.42 40-yard dash, Dennard proved that he had the long speed many were doubting, so the pressure was on Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert to step up and reclaim the No. 1 cornerback spot.
Gilbert, who is 6-foot-1, 202-pounds, is the new breed of cornerback that the NFL is looking for and he proved that on Tuesday by running a 4.35 second 40-yard dash on his first attempt.
With that size and speed, it is believed by many that Gilbert could — and probably should — be the first cornerback off of the draft board.
On his second attempt, Gilbert clocked a time of 4.38 seconds.
One of the first potential destinations will be the Detroit Lions at pick No. 10, but there is a belief that they could favor the more local option of Dennard. It is going to be interesting to watch these two continue to battle it out in workouts throughout the remainder of the day.