For our next player in the 90 Pittsburgh Steelers players in 90 days, we slide back to the offensive side of the ball. Today, we focus on a former second round pick from Florida offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert.
Player: Marcus Gilbert
Overview: Marcus Gilbert is truly one of the most underrated players on the Steelers. He is now entering his fifth year and has become a very reliable right tackle. He was graded as the third best pass right tackle in 2015 by Pro Football Focus. While those rankings are never perfect, it is impressive none the less.
Gilbert excels at pass blocking, which is valuable to for a pass happy offense like the Steelers. He has really dedicated himself to taking care of his body and getting prepared for the season over the last few years, and it shows in his play. For a team in a consistently tight cap situation, like the Steelers, Gilbert's annual salary of around 6 million is very much in line with the position's average, which only benefits the Steelers. Gilbert has had issues staying healthy as he's played all 16 games of a season twice, a testament to the viciousness of playing along the offensive line in the NFL. While not a poor run blocker, he is noticeably better at pass blocking. Gilbert is under contract until 2020, tremendous value for someone who is a borderline pro bowler at his best.
Height and reach
Team friendly contract
Familiarity with the line
High compete level against quality opponents, will rebound after a tough series
Adequate run blocking at best
Second level blocking needs work
Injuries piling up
Can be overwhelmed by bull rush
Chances of Making the team: 100%