The Steelers signed sixth-round draft pick Ulysees Gilbert to a four-year contract. Gilbert, who played at the University of Akron, was the team’s final of three sixth round picks, selected with the 207th pick overall.
Linebackers coach Jerry Olsavsky said his versatility to be able to play inside or outside of the box is something that attracted the team to him.
“We had him up for a visit. We saw a lot of good things on film,” said Olsavsky. “He runs well, he’s played out of the box, which is where today’s game is going. He was a genuine kid when he came here. He likes to play the game. He likes to run around and hit people. I am extremely pleased to have him.
“In today’s game a lot of inside linebackers have to be special teamers. That is their first job. They are going to make the team on special teams. The fact that he can play inside the box or out of the box on defense is something we also like. Like I said, that is where the game is going.”
Gilbert, who played in every game in his college career, was a second-team All-MAC selection as a senior. He finished the year with 85 tackles, seven and a half for a loss, two fumble recoveries, two touchdowns and a pass defense.
“He could really cover a lot of ground, sideline to sideline and he'll hit you,” said Olsavsky. “That's what we look for. If you like to run around and hit people, you know you're good for us.”
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