The Cleveland Browns will have all of their rookies in for the start of training camp at the end of this week, now that they have signed cornerback Justin Gilbert.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen was the first to report Gilbert’s signing.

The No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Gilbert registered 182 total tackles — 157 of which were solo stops — broke up 27 passes and intercepted 12 others in 51 career games at Oklahoma State University.

“Justin Gilbert the player, he’s long; he’s fast,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a release after making the pick back in May. “He’s explosive. He’s a playmaker. He plays like a Brown. (The) number one thing we talk about when we talk about corners is they’ve got to cover like Browns. He’s got great arm length. He’s got the speed. He’s got the ball skills.

“I know some people have questioned his tackling. Tackling was good, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be great. We understand exactly who he is, what he is. We think he can make plays for us. He’s going to play relentless. He’s going to play at the line of scrimmage and press people. He’s able to do things we need him to do.”

Gilbert comes into the NFL after a career year with seven interceptions in 2013. He also returned 18 kickoffs for 453 yards, earned first-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report, Football Writers Association, and Walter Camp, and was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the best collegiate cornerback.



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