That was enough to make former team scout and current NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah a little jealous of the situation, saying Wednesday on "Path to the Draft" that the combo of Gilbert and Haden gives Cleveland one of the best corner tandems in the league.
"If we're going to stress young pairs, I don't know who is more athletic than these two," Jeremiah said. "When they get the ball in their hands, they are going to do something with it. I think they're both playmakers, and Mike Pettine's defense has two pretty good building blocks."
We don't exactly know what Gilbert can do in the NFL, but his ability to shut down Big 12 receivers over the years certainly gives him a great resume entering the league. Haden should benefit from a talented running mate in the coming years, too, since teams won't just be able to avoid him.
"They need to be talented, because in this league, especially in the AFC, if you want to get to a Super Bowl with the Cleveland Browns ... you're going to have to go through Peyton Manning and company," Jeremiah said. "To get to that ultimate prize, having two talented corners is a good way to build your defense."
New general manager Ray Farmer and Pettine seem to agree.
As for whether the Haden-Gilbert duo is enough to make Cleveland a Super Bowl contender, we'll just have to see about that down the road.