The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Duke cornerback Mark Gilbert as an undrafted free agent, he announced via Twitter on Saturday night.
The 6-foot, 186-pound Gilbert was an outstanding player for the Blue Devils when available, but his career was plagued by injuries.
His most successful season came as a sophomore in 2017, as Gilbert started all 13 games for the Blue Devils and earned First-Team All-ACC honors. He snagged six interceptions and recorded 21 passes defended, which led the conference.
Gilbert suffered a significant hip injury just two games into the 2018 season that caused him to miss all of 2019 as well.
He returned for Duke in 2020, but once again required season-ending surgery after two games. That procedure was to remove a loose bone fragment in his right foot. Gilbert had eight tackles and an interception in those two starts against No. 10 Notre Dame and Boston College.
Gilbert also has Pittsburgh and NFL bloodlines. He is the nephew of former Pitt defensive lineman and eleven-year NFL veteran Sean Gilbert. He is also the cousin of former Pitt cornerback and four-time All-Pro Darrelle Revis.