Today we take a look at the Lions’ third round selection in Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft.
Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
Weight: 330 lbs.
Arm Length: 33 1/2 in.
Hand Size: 9 3/4 in.
40-yard dash: 5.46 sec
Watch his combine workout here
Gilbert has the height, length and athleticism NFL teams are looking for in an offensive tackle. Could become a quality starter with some added power and attitude. Does a really good job in pass protection getting set, engaging with his long arms, riding ends past the launch point, or mirroring inside moves with his feet. Gets out of his stance quickly and can seal and wall off defenders when run blocking but isn’t a mauler. Not going to blow defenders off the ball and is susceptible to the bull rush. Awareness is adequate but still improving. Gilbert’s a mid-round prospect with upside to start.
Marcus Gilbert isn’t regarded as one of the top tackle prospects in the draft but Mike Mayock referred to Marcus Gilbert as a possible late first or second round pick earlier this month. He doesn’t add any other comments regarding Gilbert but the video is available on NFL.com. Various positional rankings put him between the seventh and tenth best tackle in this draft so the Lions may find good value with Gilbert in the third round.
He is somewhat athletic, enough to be a versatile offensive lineman but not enough to become a stud left tackle. Gilbert is noted as a strong run blocker and seems to be a natural fit at right tackle. He played numerous positions along the Florida Gators line, including right tackle as the protection to Tim Tebow’s blind side.
One of the knocks on Marcus Gilbert is that his game doesn’t always match his imposing figure. Developing more of a nasty streak could take his game to another level.
Protection runs in the Gilbert family; his father was a secret service agent.