2014 NFL Combine results: Justin Gilbert steals the show in the morning

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The 6'0, 200-pound cornerback from Oklahoma State ran a 4.35 40-yard dash on Tuesday morning, nearly snagging the best time for the first group of defensive backs.

The defensive backs got the morning started early with the first group, including Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, running 40-yard dashes, but it was Justin Gilbert who stole the show before the day even began. The 6'0, 200-pound cornerback from Oklahoma State unofficially finished his 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds, just one-hundredth away from the best time of the first group of defensive backs.

That honor belonged to Rice cornerback Phillip Gaines, who unofficially finished both of his attempts in 4.34 seconds. The relatively unknown cornerback is also 6'0, although he is seven pounds lighter than Gilbert.

Still, Gilbert may have posted an ever better time had he burst cleanly off the line of scrimmage. Instead, he looked frustrated, despite finishing with one of the best times of the day.

Dennard, projected by most to be a first-round pick, answered questions about his speed with unofficial times of 4.42 and 4.46 seconds, which keeps him among the top of the rankings at cornerback for most draftniks. Even though his times weren't as strong as Gilbert's, it was more than enough to win over some:

Battling for the top spot at safety, though, is Clinton-Dix, who didn't do much to separate himself from the field. Both runs for the Alabama safety were over 4.5 seconds, which leaves the door open for Louisville's Calvin Pryor to work his way into contention for the top free safety ranking.

Pryor will run with the second group of defensive backs later on Tuesday, along with TCU's Jason Verrett and Florida's Marcus Roberson. Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward will sit out on Tuesday due to a foot injury, according to Tony Pauline.

Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller had a solid showing, finishing both of his attempts in 4.40 seconds. It was enough to keep him as a possible first-round pick, according to Dan Kadar of SB Nation:

More from SBNation.com

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.