Andrew Luck is a scout's dream, widely considered the top prospect in this month's NFL Draft because of his robotic mechanics and ideal makeup.
Robert Griffin III is a Heisman winner, capturing the award as part of his inevitable ascent to likely the No. 2 spot in that draft.
Ryan Tannehill is a versatile athlete, skyrocketing up those draft boards despite a small and inconclusive sample size.
Three rare talents. Three future NFL players. And three quarterbacks that OSU corner Justin Gilbert intercepted last year.
In the Fiesta Bowl, Luck rifled an out-route to what he thought was an open target. Gilbert sliced in front, snatched the ball and toed the sideline for a first quarter interception.
In OSU's 59-24 October dismantling of Baylor, Griffin fired a second quarter slant into the end zone. Using his track speed, Gilbert burst past the intended wideout and snared the ball in a move Griffin would later call a ‘slingshot' maneuver.
In the Cowboys' 30-29 victory over Texas A&M, Tannehill, pressured by a blitz, floated a pass toward the sideline. Gilbert raced over and intercepted it, producing one of four decisive second-half takeaways.
Three potential top-10 picks victimized by a young corner they could someday see at the next level.
It's an impressive hit list – one that includes Oklahoma's Landry Jones – for a sophomore who never played cornerback until he got to Stillwater.
Gilbert arrived as a former track star and high school quarterback, using his quickness to make an immediate impact in the kicking game. By year two, he started to develop into a capable corner, adding solid coverage to an ever-growing highlight reel.
Now, as a junior leader in OSU's defense, Gilbert is trying to refine his growing skill set. Already an athletic playmaker, he wants to become a feared corner.
But, as he prepares for the 2012 season, Gilbert took a chance to reflect on what has been an eventful couple of seasons at Oklahoma State: