The Steelers drafted tackle Marcus Gilbert, from Florida with the 31st pick (63rd overall) in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL draft. More info coming shortly with a complete profile. Gilbert is a high character kid and the son of a retired secret service agent who protected Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Gilbert was so focused during the 2009 preseason that every night before he went to bed, he wrote himself notes of what he must improve upon during the next day’s practices. He made his starting debut for an injured Maurkice Pouncey at right guard in the Florida Atlantic clash.
As a senior, Gilbert moved to left tackle position, receiving All-SEC recognition in 2010. He received the team’s top blocking grade in six games. In his two seasons as a full-time starter, Gilbert manned the left offensive tackle spot for 13 games and played on the right side for 14 games, recording 142 knockdowns and 22 touchdown-resulting blocks during that span.
He is a high energy, athletic player and can play multiple positions. He is best buds with Pouncey as well. Offensive line coach Sean Kugler said he is going to train at all positions on both sides. He also can pull when needed.
At the combine Gilbert ran a 5.46 in the 40-yard dash, a 1.93 in the 10-yard dash and a 3.14 in the 20-yard dash. Also recorded a 4.69 20-yard shuttle time along with a 7.66 three-cone drill. He has a 29-inch vertical jump and a 8’5” broad jump. He bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times. His arms measure 33 ½-inches in length and he has 9 ¾-inch hands with a 80 ¾-inch wingspan.
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