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First Choice: Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert not being overshadowed by Johnny Manziel

  • Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert walks off the field after a mandatory minicamp practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The Browns selected Gilbert early in the first round, before quarterback Johnny Manziel, hoping that by putting him on the opposite side of Pro Bowler Joe Haden they can shut down passing games. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert walks off the field after a mandatory minicamp practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The Browns selected Gilbert early in the first round, before quarterback Johnny Manziel, hoping that by putting him on the opposite side of Pro Bowler Joe Haden they can shut down passing games. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert (21) talks with the team's reporter after a mandatory minicamp practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The Browns selected Gilbert early in the first round, before quarterback Johnny Manziel, hoping that by putting him on the opposite side of Pro Bowler Joe Haden, back center, they can shut down passing games. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert (21) talks with the team's reporter after a mandatory minicamp practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The Browns selected Gilbert early in the first round, before quarterback Johnny Manziel, hoping that by putting him on the opposite side of Pro Bowler Joe Haden, back center, they can shut down passing games. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)  (The Associated Press)

Justin Gilbert will always be the other guy, the player the Browns drafted ahead of Johnny Manziel. And to Gilbert, that's just fine.

The No. 8 overall pick, Gilbert may be closer to a starting job than his more famous teammate. He's currently working with Cleveland's second-team defense, but the young cornerback has his eyes on moving quickly up the depth chart.

Gilbert has flashed his speed and ball-hawking skills already this spring, and on Wednesday he darted in front of a wide receiver to bat down a pass by Manziel.

Gilbert said he should have intercepted Manziel's throw and told the QB, 'You're welcome' when he went to the sideline.

While Manziel is flashy, Gilbert prefers to be low-key and out of the spotlight "off the field."

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