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    By Darin Gantt
    May 9, 2019, 3:11 PM EDT
    Steelers sign sixth-rounder Ulysees Gilbert

    The Steelers continued to peck away at their draft class.

    Thursday, they announced the signing of sixth-round draft pick Ulysees Gilbert to his four-year deal.

    A linebacker from Akron, Gilbert projects as a reserve inside and a special teamer early on, but they think he has some versatility.

    He’s the third of their three sixth-rounders to sign, and they only have three unsigned picks: First-round linebacker Devin Bush, third-round cornerback Justin Layne, and fifth-round tight end Zach Gentry remain unsigned
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    We'll all marvel at the Tales of Brave Ulysses in the future...

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    Steelers 2019 NFL Draft Spotlight: Akron LB Ulysees Gilbert

    By KansasCitySteelers on May 15, 2019, 2:36pm EDT
    One of the more under the radar picks in this draft was Ulysees Gilbert. Sure he's a late round pick, and there are a lot of obstacles to his success. Some would be quick to point out that based solely on his draft position he doesn't even have that great a chance of making the team. I'm not saying the guy is my favorite to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, though. There's a lot more to be excited about for Gilbert than for a lot of other 6th round picks.

    Let's look at some of those reasons:

    1. Productivity

    He wasn't as productive last year for some reason, but in 14 games in 2017 produced 140 total tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 interceptions, and a fumble recovery. Yeah, those are MAC stats, but at least he proved he can dominate lesser competition. He's also got that playmaker spark. A lot of folks criticized Devin Bush for not being that guy, but Gilbert has 3 defensive TD's to his credit the past two years.

    2. Intent

    The Steelers didn't just pick Gilbert because they wanted a ST player and he was the best available. This is a guy they had their eye on, having attended his pro day and brought him in for an official visit. The brass really like this guy and they know exactly how they want to use him.

    3. Athleticism?

    Check out these numbers

    Devin Bush - 4.43 forty, 21 reps on the bench, 40.5'' vertical, 124'' broad jump, 6.93 three cone
    Ulysees Gilbert - 4.46 forty, 20 bench reps, 39.5'' vertical, 126'' broad jump, 6.94 three cone

    Sure, those are pro day numbers, and Gilbert is 10 pounds lighter, but that's serious speed, explosion, and agility, and like Bush he's not just a raw project who currently gets by only on athleticism. He does a good job reading keys, navigating traffic and all the little things that ILB's have to do.

    4. Size?

    The big number is 224, which is big because it's little. He's undersized to be a full time ILB, but how undersized really? Gilbert could potentially bulk up with an NFL weights program, but he may not even have to. Sure, guys like Telvin Smith and Deone Bucannon playing at 215 are the exceptions, but it shows there are ways to use an undersized ILB, and the Steelers seem not just willing but intent on finding that kind of role on their defense.

    5. Versatility

    Against SEC opponent South Carolina last year, the Zips used Gilbert repeatedly in coverage on WR's. You know how we love LB's covering WR's. They also had him for quite a few plays as an edge rusher, so the guy can play all over the field in a variety of roles. That's an obvious fit from what we've seen over the past several years, but it got even more interesting when both Tomlin and Colbert described him as having OLB potential.

    6. Sixth round magic, baby

    The Steelers' last 11 picks in the 6th round include Antonio Brown, Jonathan Dwyer, Vince Williams, Dan McCullers, Anthony Chickillo, LT Walton, and the great Colin HOLBA. Sure, nobody just said "Wow, Jonathan Dwyer in the 6th round, what a steal!" But 50% of your 6th round picks making the roster is pretty impressive, and good backups are good backups. The Steelers have a habit of getting solid backups (or more) where most teams are just picking up camp bodies.

    7. Pittsburgh Linebackers

    Let's go back to that OLB comment, because we just drafted a significantly undersized OLB in Sutton Smith and then called a guy who is 10 pounds lighter than that and who has never really played OLB backup OLB material. The Steelers drop their OLB's into coverage more than any other 3-4 team; have they decided they maybe need to stop looking at prototype 3-4 OLB types and find a new market inefficiency in tweeners who can run, cover, and hit? Anyway, with Devin Bush, Terrell Edmunds, Mark Barron, and Ulysees Gilbert, the Steelers will have the potential to do some things with fast guys who can cover and hit in the middle of the field. That's not even considering Sutton Smith as a potential hybrid ILB/OLB or Marcus Allen and Brian Allen (now listed as a safety on the team depth chart) as backup safeties.

    8. Cost savings

    You can just change the number on your Marcus Gilbert jersey

    9. He's from my hometown, and my dad knows his dad, so we're practically brothers.

    10. To be perfectly up front...

    I will also mention one big concern and that is some significant knocks on his zone awareness in his scouting report. If he is going to be a coverage ILB he's going to have to be able to play zone as well as man, and will definitely need to improve in this regard to have much of an impact.

    The bottom line is that Gilbert may be held back from a starting role by his size and will be held back from a situational role by his lack of awareness in zone if he can't improve in that regard, but it wouldn't take a lot for him to really excel as an undersized LB with versatility to give opposing offenses plenty of headaches.

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2019/5/6/18534491/spotlight-on-ulysees-gilbert
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerMaine83 View Post
    We'll all marvel at the Tales of Brave Ulysses in the future...
    Hahahahaha..sure we will.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

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    Gilbert will have every opportunity with Bostic gone,Fort gone and Burnett who played that hybrid roll also gone. He'll need to be a bit of a swiss army knife learning both mack n buck and he'll need to be a special team contributor from day one at camp. He gets through the learning curve quickly he'll have a shot to stick. Back up ILB's are Vince n Red at this point so he'll get a legit look. 5 + 5 backers is what we carry for the most part so both 6th rounders will get long looks.

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    Ulysees Gilbert On OTAs: ‘I Feel Like I’ve Made Plays And I’ve Made Mistakes’

    By Matthew Marczi
    Posted on June 10, 2019

    It might be easy to forget at this point, but the Pittsburgh Steelers did draft two inside linebackers a couple of months ago. Long after they made Devin Bush the 10th-overall pick in the first round, they went back into the sixth round and used their third of three picks there to add Ulysees Gilbert III out of Akron.

    Perhaps best known by the fan base at this point as the guy who isn’t Ulysses S. Grant, Gilbert is hoping to make a name for himself now that he has cracked his way into the NFL. But he knows his first task will be to make the team, which is far from a given.

    Aside from Bush, the Steelers still have Vince Williams returning as a starter at his position, and they signed Mark Barron in free agency to solidify their top three players for inside linebacker. Also in the mix is longstanding special teams ace Tyler Matakevich. Gilbert will also have to stand out on special teams to be carried as a fifth inside linebacker (which, admittedly, is not uncommon).

    So far, however, he has had a modest assessment of the start to his professional career. As he described to Brian Batko in wrapping up the 10-session OTA period, “overall, I feel like I’ve made plays and I’ve made mistakes”.

    Sounds like a rookie spring, alright. “That’s all just part of the game”, he added.

    One of three players that the Steelers drafted from the MAC Conference—in addition to third-round wide receiver Diontae Johnson out of Toledo and Northern Illinois’ Sutton Smith, the outside linebacker added with the team’s first pick in the sixth round—the group knows the added hurdles they’ve passed to get to where they are.

    But Gilbert also knows what got him here with respect to his profile: speed. Posting a strong 40-yard dash time hovering around 4.5 seconds or even a tad lower, he is being viewed by the team as part of the new wave of inside linebackers who are much more adept in coverage, even man to man, than what has historically been the case at the position.

    That also fits the profile of Bush and Barron, the two other inside linebackers that they added this offseason in free agency and the draft, and that’s not by coincidence. It’s not a coincidence that they released Jon Bostic after the draft ended, either.

    Gilbert is going to have to continue to make more and more plays, both on defense and on special teams, while making fewer and fewer mistakes, as we get closer to the start of the regular season. If he can continue to improve that ratio, there should be a spot somewhere on the roster for him, provided that the Steelers could afford it, likely at the expense of a sixth cornerback or fifth safety.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/06/ul...made-mistakes/

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    Last year, when we cut the roster to 53 players, we kept 5 ILB's (Vince Williams, Jon Bostic, L.J. Fort, Tyler Matakevich, and Matthew Thomas).

    Bostic is now in Washington, Fort is now in Philadelphia, and Thomas is now in Baltimore.

    This year, Devin Bush should take Bostic's spot as a starter, Mark Barron should take Fort's spot as an option as a coverage LB in nickel/dime situations, and Ulysses Gilbert should take Thomas' spot as a developmental prospect and special teamer.

    Would appear to be upgrades across the board.
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Last year, when we cut the roster to 53 players, we kept 5 ILB's (Vince Williams, Jon Bostic, L.J. Fort, Tyler Matakevich, and Matthew Thomas).

    Bostic is now in Washington, Fort is now in Philadelphia, and Thomas is now in Baltimore.

    This year, Devin Bush should take Bostic's spot as a starter, Mark Barron should take Fort's spot as an option as a coverage LB in nickel/dime situations, and Ulysses Gilbert should take Thomas' spot as a developmental prospect and special teamer.

    Would appear to be upgrades across the board.
    I think he is likely competing with Adeniyi (they opened with just 3 OLBs last year), Sutton and others for LB roles 8-10 that will be based, in significant part, on special teams prowess.

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