All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.
54 • Ulysees Gilbert III, rookie inside linebacker
Last year: Started all 12 games at Sam outside linebacker for Akron, tying a school record with 51 career games played. Drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round.
Stats: Had 85 tackles, 7 1/2 for a loss, but just one-half sack after dropping four quarterbacks in each of his sophomore and junior seasons. Gilbert also had a pass defended and recovered two fumbles for two touchdowns.
Was named second-team All-MAC and played in the East-West Shrine Game.
Things I can’t stop — the Ulysees Gilbert III hype train. The guy has range and instincts. Be on the lookout for him, Steelers fans. pic.twitter.com/uMvH0VrLuM
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) July 24, 2019
Versatility is what I believe defines #Steelers sixth round pick Ulysees Gilbert III. Here from the nickel spot, Gilbert times this perfectly. In this particular game against South Carolina, he was making plays all over the field. #SteelersRookie #SteelersNation pic.twitter.com/8mZLnvp9VM
— Black and Gold Nation (@B_GNation1) May 18, 2019
Camp outlook: The 2018-19 offseason saw big-time turnover at the inside linebacker position as the Steelers moved on from Jon Bostic and L.J. Fort and added free agent Mark Barron, first-round pick Devin Bush and Gilbert in the sixth round. He’ll have a long climb up the depth chart while he makes the transition to inside linebacker, but has experience playing in sub package defense that should help.
Projected role: Gilbert could beat out Tyler Matakevich for a spot, or could end up as the ninth linebacker if the Steelers decide to keep one.