Steelers Take Florida OT Marcus Gilbert with Pick #63


The Steelers addressed another need on the roster with Florida offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert. The club always seems to be in need of solid offensive linemen, and Gilbert could turn out to be a good one at 6-foot-6, 330 pounds.

Here’s the lowdown on Gilbert from CBS Sportsline:

Top offensive linemen: 10. Marcus Gilbert, Florida, 6-6, 330, 3-4, What does Gilbert know about protection? Quite a lot, thanks to Secret Service-agent father Jeff, who was on the security detail for presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and flanked Barack Obama on the campaign trail in 2008. In Gainesville, Gilbert’s job was equally important — he worked as the blind-side guardian of Gators demigod Tim Tebow in ’09 before John Brantley took over last season. Gilbert has been trained to set and explode quickly in Florida’s spread-read offense and has the footwork, strength and size to be a fit at right tackle. He’s described as highly coachable and a leader. If there’s one concern to address, Gilbert has to improve picking up edge defenders in the 3-4 front he’ll see regularly in the NFL.

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