2014 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns select Justin Gilbert

Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) reacts during the game against the Missouri Tigers in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri won 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) reacts during the game against the Missouri Tigers in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri won 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Browns traded their number 4 pick in the draft to the Bills, and now they traded that pick to the Vikings to move up one spot to number 8. The Vikings also picked up the Browns 5th round pick. With that number 8 pick, the Browns select cornerback Justin Gilbert out of Oklahoma State. When the pick was traded, it seemed like the Browns were going to go with Johnny Manziel, but in typical Browns fashion, they surprise everyone by selecting Gilbert.

The secondary was a hole that needed to be filled for the Browns, though, as they lost safety T.J Ward due to free agency. Gilbert will bring his great size and range to Cleveland that will make that secondary scary. Gilbert wasn’t projected to go in the top 10, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play at a high level. Gilbert racked up 7 interceptions last season at Oklahoma State and the Browns will be looking for that same production here at the professional level. A good, but surprising pick for the Cleveland Browns here at pick number 8.

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