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With the 207th Pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers Select… Ulysees Gilbert III, LB Akron

With the Pittsburgh Steelers’ third and final of three picks in the sixth round, Ulysees Gilbert III out of Akron has been selected at 207 overall.

Notes on Name from NFL.com:

Productive SAM linebacker who will need to prove himself as an undersized WILL or MIKE on the next level. Gilbert is an instinctive run defender with a natural feel for maneuvering around big bodies to find his food, but despite his three-down ability, has a disappointing number of lapses in coverage. His lack of size, strength and versatility could make landing on a roster an uphill battle.
Strengths
  • Instinctive and smart with a nose for the ball
  • Patient eyes willing to key the ball over the blocker
  • Swerves around big bodies effectively
  • Good acceleration to find runners headed for sideline
  • Great effort to contain and funnel runner back to the middle
  • Aims for centered tackle attempts with body to body finish
  • Agile open field tackler with lateral quickness to corral slashers
  • Has some man cover talent
  • Opportunistic scoring three career defensive touchdowns
Weaknesses
  • Undersized and takes too much punishment from blockers
  • Lacks desired physicality at point of attack
  • Pushed aside by lead blockers
  • Below-average length and strength to pry away from blocks
  • Passive tackling technique waiting for runner to close the distance
  • Catches tackles under his pads with poor leverage
  • Falls asleep in his coverage duties
  • Lacks awareness of moving pieces in zone

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