Ulysees Gilbert

Akron
LB

Prospect Info

College
Akron
Hometown
Class
Ocala, FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
224 lbs
31 3/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.22
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Round 6 ‧ Pick 35

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Gilbert is a two-time first-team All-MAC selection for the Zips, also earning the team's Defensive MVP honors (sharing with corner Kyron Brown in 2017). He paced the team in tackles as a sophomore (122, ranked ninth in the FBS with 10.2 per game) and junior (141, including 13 in the Boca Raton Bowl), also topping the team with 11.5 tackles for loss in 2016 and five sacks in 2017. Gilbert was a second-team All-MAC selection in 2018, starting all 12 games and compiling 85 tackles (7.5 for loss). As a true freshman, Gilbert made 11 stops as a reserve and special teams ace. He was a football (2014 Marion County Defensive Player of the Year) and basketball star in Ocala, Florida before matriculating north to play for the Zips.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
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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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league